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Study: 420 million connected cars on the road by 2018

According to IDATE, a European think tank specialized in telecom, Internet and media markets, the number of connected cars on the road will explode from 45 million last year to 420 million by 2018.

A “connected car” is any vehicle equipped with Internet access and capable of sharing it with other devices both inside and outside the vehicle.

IDATE also predicts that connectivity revenue for connected cars will exceed €8 billion in 2018.

“The strategy of most manufacturers is to make their cars connected,” says Samuel Ropert, project leader at IDATE in charge of the latest report. “The main driver here is based on the regulation related to safety issues in Europe and the underlying revenue opportunity for them. In the U.S., the recent GM announcement to embed 4G modules in all new cars is seen as a key trigger for market take-off.”

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