China Telecom Corporation (China Telecom) has partnered Gemalto to develop a proof-of-concept for subscription management in connected cars.
According to market research firm Gfk, there is an increasing demand for connected cars with advanced telematics, navigation, and safety features in China. Nearly three quarters of the Chinese consumers also claimed that they would be willing to pay more for an "Ultra Safe" car — a car that connects with other cars and has integrated safety cameras — than just a self-driving car.
Gemalto and China Telecom are thus aiming to offer instant connectivity on cars by integrating Gemalto's LinqUs On-Demand Connectivity (ODC) subscription management solution into vehicles. The solution provides the infrastructure needed for connectivity, including an embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Card (UICC) that allows consumers to choose or switch their service subscription to their requirements.
Dr. Liu Yuan, Vice Chief Engineer at China Telecom in Shanghai, also highlighted that the solution will "simplify the supply chain logistics for manufacturers to enable quick deployment across different service providers." "With ODC, there will be no need for manufacturers to plan for unique subscription at the manufacturing level, or build device variants for different operators," he explained.
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