Three out of every four consumers said they consider connected car services an important feature in their next car purchase, according to a new AT&T* Drive Studio and Ericsson study documenting the significant influence that connected car features and services are expected to have on customers' vehicle purchase decisions in the future.
This is the second year for the study which focused on connected car awareness, feature preferences and purchase drivers. The data was sourced from customers likely to buy a car in the next three years in the United States, Germany, Brazil, Mexico and China and the survey was conducted in July 2015.
The term "connected car," as defined in the study, is a car equipped with a wireless internet connection. This allows the car to run applications such as streaming music services and internet radio, use navigation services with real-time traffic updates, conduct local searches, use restaurant services and more, all from the car's dashboard. This connectivity also allows the car to operate as a Wi-Fi hotspot, sharing a wireless internet connection with other devices in the car.
Orvar Hurtig, vice president, Ericsson Global Services and Head of Industry and Society at Ericsson, said, "For the second year in a row, we are witnessing a growing trend where consumers in different parts of the world are not only increasingly aware of the term connected car, but they are placing greater importance on connected car features and services.
"In addition to safety and infotainment features enabled by connectivity, automakers can also use the connectivity for over the air software updates and advanced downloadable engine configurations. For the consumer, this means that connected car services will open up the ability to add new capabilities to their car and enhance their driving experience for years after they purchase a connected car."
The study found:
-- 62% percent of US survey respondents are aware of the term "connected
-- The Wi-Fi hotspot ranked as the No. 1 feature that US customers are
willing to purchase for their car.
-- Almost 75% of those surveyed globally, after learning about connected
car services, consider them an important feature in their next car.
-- 78% of car buyers globally would delay a purchase by one year to buy a
car with connected car services from their preferred brand.
-- When priced, US consumers prefer to add their connected car wireless
connectivity to a shared data plan.
"This study confirms that drivers today are tech savvy and value services that improve their driving experience," said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, Internet of Things, AT&T Mobility. "It's great to see that more drivers understand what a connected car enables them to do. With this increased awareness, we believe you'll see adoption of integrated wireless connectivity in the car continue to take off."
Ericsson is a contributor to the AT&T Drive platform, providing a cloud-based platform on which automakers can choose to run their entire, customized connected car experience in a secure manner. Material from the research report is available to automakers through the AT&T Drive Studio.
AT&T's Connected Car Leadership
In 2014, AT&T launched two major initiatives to lead innovation in the connected car space. The first was a pioneering connected car innovation center in Atlanta, called the AT&T Drive Studio. It also launched a new global automotive solution and development platform, AT&T Drive.
AT&T Drive Studio features a working lab and showroom to build and exhibit the latest innovations. It is a hub where AT&T works directly with companies and responds to automakers' opportunities.
AT&T Drive is the company's connected car platform. This modular and flexible global solution helps car makers build unique solutions for the marketplace. Auto makers can choose the services and capabilities that are important to them. They can add features for connectivity, billing, data analytics and infotainment.
AT&T is a telematics leader and connects vehicles around the globe. In the second quarter of 2015, AT&T added 1.4 million connected devices. Of those devices, nearly one million were connected cars.
AT&T was the first major wireless carrier to launch a global SIM platform for cars. The platform lets automotive, consumer and machine-to-machine equipment makers use a single carrier to wirelessly connect products across the globe.
For the complete array of AT&T offerings in the Internet of Things portfolio, visit www.att.com/IoT.
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