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Reliance Jio partners with AirWire for connected car solutions

Reliance Jio has inked a deal with US-based AirWire to use AirWire as the backend for its ‘Jio Car Connect’ device announced in September last year, reports the Economic Times. The telecom operator mentions that it is in talks with automobile companies as well to integrate the devices in cars.

The On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) device will be manufactured in India by Jio, and can be plugged into a car’s OBD module to record and track engine and other vehicular related data. Once plugged in, the device records data from the vehicle’s sensors and displays it on a mobile app. Note that AirWire offers connected car IoT solutions including an LTE mobile hotspot device, with WiFi, LTE broadcasts, voice services, etc., along with supporting mobile apps.

MediaNama has written to Jio asking what kind of vehicular data the new service will record, who will have access to this data, and where the data will be stored: locally on a user’s mobile device, or on an online database. We have also asked them about when the service is scheduled to launch and pricing details.

When reviewed in September, Jio’s OBD device was still in a testing phase, and included features like car WiFi built-in. This would provide each vehicle with a virtual identity via an IP address, and allows interconnection with other connected cars. The device can also be used to record traffic details and share alerts in real-time in case the car gets into an accident.

Vehicular data collection: What’s more interesting is the fact that this device records vehicular data, and can be generated on-demand. For example, a historical data of the car denoting its working condition and efficiency can be shared with a potential buyer; this data can also be shared with RTO or an insurance company.

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Other players in telematics space: Earlier this month Tata Motors and Microsoft entered into a partnership for the latter’s connected vehicle platform. Automobile manufacturing companies like Honda and Mahindra have also launched their own ‘Connected Cars’ platform for vehicle location tracking, engine health monitoring, and trip details. Other than this, Trak N Tell provides a GPS-based product that enables car owners and fleet owners to track their vehicles using their smartphones, and MapmyIndia provides DriveMate that connects to cars via the OBD port and provides location, alerts of the vehicle etc., via Android, iOS and Windows Phone apps.

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