Ericsson, Volvo form five-year connected cars deal

Ericsson said the contract with Volvo is its largest to date for its Connected Vehicles Cloud.

Swedish telecommunications giant Ericsson has landed its largest contract to date for its Connected Vehicles Cloud, announcing on Thursday that Volvo will use the platform within its digital vehicle services for the next five years.

Ericsson's platform enables a range of features surrounding telematics, infotainment, navigation, automation, and fleet management. The cloud is delivered via several distributed centers and complies with legal, security, and privacy stipulations laid out by the European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the company said.

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"Ericsson is providing a highly scalable and global platform for connected services to Volvo Cars," said Åsa Tamsons, head of new businesses for Ericsson."By removing complexity in areas such as data legislation and storage management, and improving services latency, our platform enhances the overall user experience of Volvo Cars' connected services."

Ericsson ranks as the largest supplier of mobile network technology. The partnership with Volvo follows several other deals it's made within the connected car industry, including a partnership with Telia and Einride to develop 5G self-driving trucks. Ericsson's technology is currently being trialed in Einride's T-Pod.

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Ericsson also recently announced that it signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Audi for the use of 5G technologies during automotive production, with the Audi working towards using more smart factory practices, such as using wirelessly connected production robots for vehicle assembly.

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