The connected car uses digital technology to reinvent the purpose of the car itself, improve access to new mobile services, and car performance and maintenance.
Out-of-the-box, future-proof connectivity
Car manufacturers and their Tier 1 suppliers need high-quality and future-proof connectivity to enable the connected car of the future – providing everything from telematics to preventive maintenance to accident prevention and enhanced entertainment systems.
At Thales, we guarantee reliable connectivity solutions and the required interoperability of integrated solutions, to ensure ´always-on´ connectivity throughout a vehicle's lifetime.
The added value of Thales connectivity offer is built on the unique combination of IoT modules, eSIM (eUICC), and OTA (over-the-air) platforms, which provide an end-to-end approach to deliver secure connectivity inside the vehicle.
Automotive-grade eSIMs enable flexible connectivity
The Thales automotive-grade embedded SIMs cards (eSIM) provide global connectivity for intelligent vehicle systems.
The single and universal eSIMs simplify manufacturing and logistics for global car OEMs. They can integrate a unique eSIM design across all vehicles, which can be remotely provisioned with a chosen mobile network operator (MNO) profile once the car is shipped or at the end of a connectivity contract.
Thales automotive eSIMs also improve vehicle's safety as they are integrated during the manufacturing process. In addition, they will further identify vehicle and encrypt communications while the vehicle is in operation.
The automotive-grade eSIMs are designed to endure extreme shocks, vibrations, temperature (-40 to +105 deg C), and humidity for a long life span.
Thales "On-Demand Connectivity" (ODC) platform: seamless car connectivity lifecycle management
"On-Demand Connectivity" is Thales' eSIM management platform designed to securely and remotely manage the lifecycle of cellular subscriptions:
- Build once – Deploy anywhere: eSIM-enabled cars can instantly connect with cellular networks anywhere on the globe - through quick and secure provisioning of MNO service - and transmit data over a wide range of mobile networks. This means that a vehicle can be sold in different regions and operate in tunnels, underground, or remote locations without new factory settings.
- Seamless connectivity subscriptions management: Switching from one MNO to another becomes easier and doesn't require a new factory run.
- Secure updates: the eSIM provides a secure environment that only authorise encryption-
based updates to be downloaded onboard.
With 200 deployments worldwide, Thales' eSIM management platform is a worldwide reference across mobile operators, operator alliances, and car manufacturers. In addition, the On-Demand Connectivity solution was the first in the world to be certified by the GSMA. It is thus compliant with the GSMA remote SIM provisioning specifications.
The Thales out-of-the-box automotive connectivity solution enables drivers to securely access new mobility services anytime, such as advanced navigation, real-time updates on traffic and nearby amenities, vehicle diagnostics, emergency services, and much more.
With the eSIM technology and associated management services, car manufacturers can easily shift from mobile operator providers to mobility service providers.