Volvo Car Group has tapped Ericsson to provide the industrialized Ericsson Connected Vehicle Cloud platform for the automaker’s digital vehicle services in more than 120 markets worldwide for the next five years.
Volvo Cars, like other major players in the automotive industry, is increasing focus on securing high-quality connected-vehicle services as digitalization increases the importance of software services. The services also will benefit from the increased speed, low latency and capacity for mission-critical applications – such as autonomous driving – that commercial 5G networks will enable, Ericsson noted.
The deal –the largest to date for Ericsson Connected Vehicle Cloud – will enable Volvo Cars to provide vehicle owners and drivers with its latest developments in connected-car digital services such as automation, fleet management, telematics, navigation and infotainment, according to Ericsson.
Delivered via several geographically distributed centers, the platform takes full account of legal, security and privacy obligations on a global scale – such as compliance with the European Union General Data Protection Regulation.
“With digital services increasingly becoming a differentiation factor for automotive consumers, the need for a secure and dependable service provision infrastructure is critical to provide quality of service at scale,” Ericsson said in a news release.
Ericsson Connected Vehicle Cloud meets Volvo Cars’ high services and applications availability and stability expectations, and allows Volvo Cars to focus on the value creation of connected-vehicle digital customer experiences as a differentiator, Ericsson added.
“Ericsson is providing a highly scalable and global platform for connected services to Volvo Cars,” said Åsa Tamsons, head of business area technologies & new businesses, Ericsson. “By removing complexity in areas such as data legislation and storage management, and improving services latency, our platform enhances the overall user experience of Volvo Cars’ connected services.
“Our Ericsson Connected Vehicle Cloud platform will result in rapid innovation and the faster launch of new services to the benefit of Volvo Cars’ partners and customers. The new platform enables the latest development in telematics, infotainment, navigation, automation and fleet management.”