Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Verizon 4G Venture Forum for Connected Cars

Verizon is backing a new 4G Venture Forum for Connected Cars whose members already include BMW, Honda, Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors and Toyota Motor Sales. The group will collaborate and explore ways to deliver connectivity to vehicles of all types, by leveraging open standards and discussing ways to accelerate development of the 4G LTE ecosystem across automotive OEMs, suppliers, device manufacturers, application developers and content publishers.

Verizon said its goal is to accelerate the pace of innovation across the automotive and telematics 4G LTE ecosystem.

"There are many challenges to designing next generation telematics and infotainment solutions, including supporting safe and responsible driving, advancing vehicle-to-vehicle solutions and improving sustainability, among others," said Tami Erwin, chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. "As an innovator in the technology industry, Verizon is a natural impetus for this collaboration, which we all expect will include other companies and spur results that will benefit not only the industry, but millions of consumers around the world."

Professor Sanjay Sarma of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology also joins the Forum, providing members a link to track important advancements in related academic research. http://www.verizonwireless.com