Telenor to pilot automotive IoT app for Nordic drivers
Continuing automotive IoT focus, the Norwegian telco also announced the establishment of the Nordic Car Connect Forum
Norwegian telecommunications group Telenor announced the pilot of Telenor Connect, a new automotive IoT app for drivers.
The Nordic telco said that the new app will allow drivers to have a comprehensive overview of vehicle status. Car owners will also have access to a complete ecosystem of car-related and tailored services within the app. Telenor also said that a network of partners will offer personalized offers to the customers.
Telenor Connect will be initially tested in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, before being rolled out in other markets where the telco has presence.
The telco has partnered with a number of companies in the Nordics to provide offers and services for the user of Telenor Connect. Some of the partnerships include Bertel O. Steen, Circle K Europe, EasyPark, If P&C Insurance and Mekonomen Group. Telenor also said that the new app will also offer 4G Wifi hotspot in the car.
In related news, Telenor also announced the establishment of the Nordic Car Connect Forum, with the aim of becoming the meeting point for companies driving innovation within the connected car ecosystem in the Nordics.
“As IoT increasingly goes mass market, Telenor wants to offer customers smart and useful services that make their daily digital lives easier. By 2020, forecasts indicate that more than 250 million connected cars will be on the roads and we know that within IoT, the connected car offers one of the biggest opportunities,” Telenor Group’s President and CEO, Sigve Brekke, said. Telenor can play a central role in moving IoT for cars beyond navigation by enabling a digital platform for new services within the connected car ecosystem. The mobile phone offers endless opportunities for our partners and also the startup community, which can develop content for the app ecosystem.”
In Europe, Telenor has mobile telephony operations in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Hungary, Montenegro, Bulgaria and Serbia. The telco also operates in a number of Asian markets including Thailand, Malaysia, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Pakistan.