Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio Infocomm has awarded a contract to US-based AirWire Technologies (AirWire) to offer the latter’s India manufactured connected car device to customers in India.
The AirWire Connected Car device is being manufactured in partnership with Reliance Jio in India, according to an official statement.
Having garnered over 100 million 4G mobile users in India with the help of free data and voice services, Jio is planning to enter automobile telematics with the launch of this car connected device.
Reliance Jio is currently in advance talks with automobile companies to launch the device very soon in India. The price of this device is estimated to be either equal to or less than its Jio’s Mifi device which costs around Rs 2,000, a source previously told ET.
A Jio spokesperson, in a statement, said that the telco has been working closely with AirWire in developing this unique product to enable a suite of services and apps that will make the driving experience unique for the consumers.
“Jio’s partnership with AirWire provides the connected car device platform in the vehicle for our connected car initiative, Jio Car Connect. Driving, owning, maintaining and securing the vehicle will now fundamentally change with Jio Car Connect and the AirWire device,” the Jio spokesperson added.
The IoT device will operate in the telco’s pan-India advanced 4G/LTE Network enabling connect car apps and services such as WiFi hotspot features, location based apps, automobile telematics, security and safety.
The device attaches to the vehicle’s OBD-II port over a cable in the vehicle, and it provides uninterrupted connectivity through Jio’s 4G LTE network. The device seamlessly uploads important vehicle data to the cloud for analysis and enables convenient and useful apps and services to the consumer’s smartphones.
When plugged into the car’s OBD port, the device enables WiFi and Bluetooth through which smartphone apps provide communication, cinema, TV, music, games, location data and vehicle telematics. The device allows smartphones to enable apps like Geo Fencing amongst others.
“Jio’s commitment and focus on the Connected Car market will provide the world the first countrywide deployment of this technology. Jio’s deployment strategy will validate the value of big data analytics to enhance the consumer’s satisfaction with vehicle driving and ownership,” Debashis Bagchi, AirWire Technologies President & CEO said in a joint statement.
The AirWire Connected Car device provides vehicle information to the user through a smartphone app. The device can immobilize the vehicle at the time of theft, alert owner about car movement and locate car. Further, it can provide all vital information like oil stats, tire pressure, water levels, fuel info, battery change alerts. It can alert the mobile phone users if the connected car isn’t locked properly. It provides the data necessary for the app to display information on driving habits such as speed alerts, panic braking details and also speed limits set by choice.