Wuhan Intest selects Gemalto’s LTE technology for Connected Cars in China
March 2016 by Marc Jacob
Gemalto will provide its Cinterion® wireless module to Wuhan Intest Electronic Technology Co Ltd (Intest) to enable 4G LTE connectivity on their Telematics-Box (T-Box). Intest is a leading provider of end-to-end automotive solutions in China. The Gemalto-enabled T-Box will allow device makers to offer fully-connected electric cars, allowing users to enjoy high-speed mobile connectivity for in-car infotainment, emergency roadside assistance, and advanced telematics services. Drivers can even use their smartphones for a secure keyless entry or ignition, for remote diagnostics, and autonomous parking.
China is expected to overtake US as the biggest electric car market, following government’s plan to have 5 million renewable energy vehicles by 2020. Safety and cost-conscious Chinese are also looking for connected cars that can ease their typical pain points like car safety and security, roadside emergencies, and traffic congestion. Gemalto and Intest’s solution will help car manufacturers to provide a winning combination of green vehicles and connectivity for the citizens, driving the popularity of electric cars across the nation.
"Chinese consumers expect a personalized and satisfying customer experience when it comes to car buying," said Mi Feng, CTO at Intest. "With increasing LTE networks across the country, Gemalto’s module will provide unprecedented data connectivity to local travelers. The Wi-Fi hot spot in the car will allow passengers to simultaneously connect multiple devices to the Internet, detect charging stations nearby, and enhance mobility experience."
"Chinese bought nearly 300% more electric cars in 2015 as compared to 2014," said Sashidhar Thothadri, Vice President of M2M for APAC at Gemalto. "As in-vehicle connectivity expands from luxury models to high-volume midmarket ones, ability to respond fast to consumer preferences will be key to winning the hearts and wallets of people. With award-winning automotive M2M solutions, we can enable Intest to take a lead in helping OEMs deliver innovative, sustainable solutions with end-to-end security."