Volvo, Ericsson jointly connect cars to the cloud

December 17, 2012 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
With LTE in the starting blocks and the Connected Car increasingly taking shape, new alliances are in the offing. Volvo Car Group and Ericsson now have announced that they plan to jointly advance the technical development of innovations for automotive internet services. To the joint efforts, Volvo will bring in its expertise in driver behavior and traffic security requirements while Ericsson will contribute its consulting and systems integration.

Both companies plan to conjointly build the ecosystem around the connected car. The solution covers all Volvo Cars markets around the globe and is run as a Managed Service by Ericsson. Drivers will be able to download applications, create an on-line service booking and interact with partners through the Connected Vehicle Cloud built on Ericsson's Service Enablement Platform.

The partnership is focused on the rapid development of Volvo Cars' stand-alone scalable product architecture (SPA). However, connected car services will roll out in all new Volvo cars beforehand in order to position Volvo Cars with sophisticated solutions and services.