We are witnessing one of the most important technological changes in history thanks to mobility, but nevertheless, we are unable to see it in its entirety by the mere fact of being immersed in it.
Even so, and with all these changes underway in many sectors such as technology or the communications sector, there are sectors where the arrival of mobility has occurred in a slower way.
This is the case of the automotive sector, a sector historically the most important in terms of generating wealth and employment in many countries. In addition, a technologically stagnant and very conservative sector. In recent years, this sector has evolved towards greener vehicles, less consumption, but with very few innovations in information and communication technologies.
It is at this time, and thanks to mobility, vehicles are approaching the new forms of communication between people and people-machines, is what we call the new connected vehicle. Apps and new hardware gadgets as part of the vehicles are beginning to be relevant when making a purchase decision. For this reason, manufacturers have started a new evolutionary career looking for new and better competitive advantages that allow them to achieve the desired sales and market share goals.
In the connected vehicle, GPS is not enough, we will need new solutions that integrate the Internet in the car. In the connected vehicle we will see more and more models that will include increasingly technological advances that will improve safety and efficiency, as well as completely change leisure for passengers.
According to a report published by the GSMA, the association that is responsible for promoting the mobile ecosystem worldwide, it is estimated that by 2025 all or almost all new vehicles will be equipped with some type of Internet connection. According to the same report, in 2018, 35% of cars sold worldwide will include some kind of mobile technology while 18% will have some integration with smartphones, and in addition, 9% will offer tethering solutions.
The GSMA estimates that there are now 5.44 million vehicles that include mobility-based technologies, compared with 35.94 million that are expected to do so in 2018. If we analyze this by region, these connected cars will be Most popular in North America with almost a share of 73% of the total. And a significant distance will be Europe with a share of 18%, and about 9% in Asia. In South America the ratio is so low that it does not appear in the study.
And not only manufacturers in the automotive sector are interested in the connected vehicle, but other secondary industries are also doing. We are talking about GPS manufacturers, audio equipment and others such as Pionner, Parrot or Alpine. These manufacturers do not want to pass up the opportunity and are developing their own solutions to compete with the manufacturers themselves.
The kick-off has taken off and everyone wants to take good positions!
Our SlashBoy Juan Ramón Ruiz, Software Developer Manager, is the author of this post.