This is the big industry show for the connected car and our participation this year was doubly significant. Not only did the Movimento OTA platform win a prestigious award as the world’s best telematics product but a flurry of announcements made it clear that our ecosystem of best-of-breed vendors has reached critical mass. When we formulated the idea for such an ecosystem, our goal was moving the connected-car industry forward. Now it has become real.
It was great to participate in this event with some of these impressive partners. For example, we announced with Sierra Wireless that our two companies are rolling out the first commercially available cloud-based platform to streamlining car software installation and updates. This is significant because research firm IHS, Inc., predicted that almost all automakers will include OTA software in their cars in three to five years so the challenge is how to do it effectively. Our joint platform does that.
We also announced with Rambus that our two companies will give car drivers and car makers a way to personalize the security for cars with individual encryption keys. In addition, Qualcomm announced a new connected-car reference platform to simplify the integration of all vehicle wireless connections in one platform, with Movimento doing a demo of how to make OTA updates on this platform.
Also, we announced with top system integrator HCL a partnership that creates the first worldwide solution for updating, managing and supporting all on-board software in one place. This gives OEMs one-stop shopping that covers everything from initial system integration to ongoing software updates and customer support of software on vehicles in many locations globally.
All these activities reflect a first in an industry where OEMs have – before now – been on their own in finding and working with the right vendors and partners that will add value to their products. Our auto ecosystem does the job for them, cherry picking the companies, regardless of industry, who have the most outstanding solutions that are superb for connected cars. Technology moves too fast for time to be wasted in defining the best products so our first-of-its-kind ecosystem is a model for how to do things differently and better.