By Nikhil Cariappa

Volvo Cars has chosen Swedish networking and telecom company Ericsson to provide its Industrialized Connected Vehicle Cloud (CVC) Platform for 5 years. The CVC is a connected car solution for telematics. Ericsson claims that its CVC is an API based platform that provides integration points for connection to both external and internal systems.

Volvo will bring Ericsson’s IoT services on the platform to 120 markets worldwide. Ericsson said that these services include telematics, infotainment, navigation and fleet management. The final application is automation, which can be enabled on a commercial 5G network.

While there is not much information regarding the safety hazards, Ericsson has said that the platform will comply with global privacy obligations such as the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Auto companies are turning to technology to stand out from their competitors, and IoT is the next checkpoint in the automotive industry. There are some risks with connected vehicles. Hackers have demonstrated the ability to take over cars and stop the engine, as shown in a Vice feature here. Hackers could hold the car owner ransom or intentionally cause accidents.

Last month, state Owned BSNL partnered with Ericsson to develop 5G services including use cases, knowledge sharing and 3rd Generation Partnership Project (GPP) standardization

Connected devices

  • In 2017, Reliance Jio signed a deal with AirWire to build connected car solutions
  • In 2016, Zoomcar puts accident and driving warning systems on its Delhi cars, in partnership with Mobileye NV
  • Read our primer on IoT and the risks involved with unregulated devices getting connected to the internet