Wuhan Intest selects Gemalto’s LTE technology for Connected Cars in China


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Amsterdam, Mar. 29, 2016 - Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, will provide its
Cinterion® wireless module to Wuhan Intest Electronic Technology Co Ltd (Intest) to enable 4G LTE connectivity on their Telematics-Box (T-Box). Intest is a leading provider of end-to-end automotive solutions in China. The Gemalto-enabled T-Box will allow device makers to offer fully-connected electric cars, allowing users to enjoy high-speed mobile connectivity for in-car infotainment, emergency roadside assistance, and advanced telematics services. Drivers can even use their smartphones for a secure keyless entry or ignition, for remote diagnostics, and autonomous parking. ​

China is expected to overtake US as the biggest electric car market[1], following government's plan to have 5 million renewable energy vehicles by 2020[2]. Safety and cost-conscious Chinese are also looking for connected cars that can ease their typical pain points like car safety and security, roadside emergencies, and traffic congestion[3]. Gemalto and Intest's solution will help car manufacturers to provide a winning combination of green vehicles and connectivity for the citizens, driving the popularity of electric cars across the nation. 

"Chinese consumers expect a personalized and satisfying customer experience when it comes to car buying[4]," said Mi Feng, CTO at Intest. "With increasing LTE networks across the country, Gemalto's module will provide unprecedented data connectivity to local travelers. The Wi-Fi hot spot in the car will allow passengers to simultaneously connect multiple devices to the Internet, detect charging stations nearby, and enhance mobility experience." 

"Chinese bought nearly 300% more electric cars in 2015 as compared to 2014[5]," said Sashidhar Thothadri, Vice President of M2M for APAC at Gemalto.
"As in-vehicle connectivity expands from luxury models to high-volume midmarket ones, ability to respond fast to consumer preferences will be key to winning the hearts and wallets of people. With award-winning automotive M2M solutions, we can enable Intest to take a lead in helping OEMs deliver innovative, sustainable solutions with end-to-end security."


[1]
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/industry/engineering/12036116/China-to-overtake-US-as-biggest-electric-car-market.html
[2] https://www.techinasia.com/chinas-government-5-million-electric-cars-roads-2020
[3] http://blog.gfk.com/2015/05/what-chinese-drivers-want-from-the-connected-car/
[4] https://www.accenture.com/us-en/insight-china-automotive-market.aspx
[5] http://www.ibtimes.com/chinese-consumers-bought-nearly-300-more-electric-cars-year-compared-2014-2222591