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Old 23rd January 2014, 08:29   #1
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Here's an interesting article I came across - http://mashable.com/2014/01/21/hyundai-verizon/. Is there a market for such a service in India? I have GPS inbuilt in the car, but I often still use my mobile for maps. Why would customers use this service? How are they differentiating the product? Lots of questions!
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The scope is a lot wider than just navigation. Think information availability on anything at anytime, streaming audio (online radio services), streaming video (for rearseat passengers), navigation with real-time updates (maps, traffic), software updates for your car (real-time, from the manufacturer), troubleshooting issues with the service center etc.

Only a matter of time, really, especially in India where mobile is huge & operators are waiting to jump into a new revenue stream.

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Why not just use stuff like https://www.celcom.com.my/personal/p...=1360826467695 ?
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Several benefits to an integrated solution. For one, we're talking here of the entire car being connected (head-unit, ECU & electronics etc.) and not merely having an internet connection in the cabin (which we have even today via our smartphone's wi-fi spot feature).

I just like stuff nicely integrated. Example: Our smartphones have navigation, but I'd still prefer my next car to have integrated GPS (bigger screen, no charging of phone required, no messy stands and more).
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Several benefits to an integrated solution. For one, we're talking here of the entire car being connected (head-unit, ECU & electronics etc.) and not merely having an internet connection in the cabin (which we have even today via our smartphone's wi-fi spot feature).

I just like stuff nicely integrated. Example: Our smartphones have navigation, but I'd still prefer my next car to have integrated GPS (bigger screen, no charging of phone required, no messy stands and more).
Valid point - esp with the auto industry's standards, it will all *just work* out of the box.

No more fiddling around, no charging etc - just as the in-car BT means no more forgetting or leaving it at home etc!
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