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Nearly Third of Automotive Shoppers Use a Mobile Phone to Shop for a Vehicle

In 2012, 31 percent of in-market vehicle shoppers have visited automotive websites via their smartphone, compared with 24 percent in 2011 and 17 percent in 2010. These same shoppers access third party sites and manufacturer sites at similar rates (69% and 68%, respectively). Click here for more.


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Qualcomm Announces Groundbreaking Cellular-V2X Solution to Support Automotive Road Safety, Helping to Pave a Path for the Future of Autonomous Driving

SAN DIEGO , Sep.andnbsp;Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), today introduced its first-announced Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) commercial solution based on 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 14 specifications for PC5-based direct communications, the Qualcomm® 9150 C-V2X chipset. To meet automaker production demands for road safety using C-V2X solutions, the chipset is anticipated to be available for commercial sampling in the second half of 2018. andnbsp;To help accelerate the automotive ecosystem for commercial readiness, Qualcomm Technologies also introduced today the new Qualcomm® C-V2X Reference Design, which will feature the 9150 C-V2X chipset with integrated GNSS capability, and include an application processor running the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) V2X stack and a Hardware Security Module (HSM).andnbsp; Click here for more.


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Automotive Telematics Revenue Will Soar to $4.2 Billion Globally in 2021

These forecasts are driven by continued innovation in vehicle connectivity and safety technologies, and project nearly $ 2.8 billion in additional annual revenue by the end of the forecast period in 2021, compared to 2015. Click here for more.


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Smartphones Presents Opportunities and Challenges for Automotive Processor Suppliers

The use of smartphones in motor vehicles-already a near-ubiquitous phenomenon-is the most disruptive trend in the automotive infotainment business today, presenting both challenges and opportunities for automakers and their processor semiconductor suppliers, Click here for more.


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Vodafone to buy automotive M2M player, expand DoCoMo collaboration

Vodafone wants to deliver end-to-end services to the automotive industry.

Vodafone wants to deliver end-to-end services to the automotive industry.

UK headquartered operator Vodafone has revealed its intention to acquire Italian security and telematics solutions provide Cobra Automotive Technologies as it looks to beef up its M2M play. The deal comes on the heels of a joint announcement from Vodafone and Japanese incumbent NTT DoCoMo outlining the extension of their collaborative efforts to enterprise-focused M2M service delivery.

Cobra delivers a range of services to the automotive and insurance industries, including telematics and tracking services and usage-based insurance solutions.  The firm has operations in markets worldwide, including Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and South Korea. Vodafone said it will pay €145m ($ 197m) for the operation, as well as €20m for a 20 per cent holding in the firm’s telematics subsidiary held by minority investors. Cobra has €48m of debt.

Vodafone said the deal reflects its ambition to offer more than simple connectivity in the M2M space and will enable it to offer integrated services to the automotive sector.

“The combination of Vodafone and Cobra will create a new global provider of connected car services,” said Erik Brenneis, Director of M2M, Vodafone. “We plan to invest in the business to offer our automotive and insurance customers a full range of telematics services.”

The Japanese announcement was less focused and builds on an existing collaborative relationship between Vodafone And DoCoMo. “M2M is an important part of our overall strategy and its significance is growing by the day,” said Kaoru Kato, President and CEO of NTT DOCOMO.  “We are proud to announce that we are expanding our strong existing partnership with Vodafone to include M2M.”

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