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automotive BMW brings LTE connectivity to its vehicles and others By Christoph Hammerschmidt Carmaker Bmw is offering an LTe access device as an and a mobile device situated within a range of three metres optional accessory part for his vehicles. The device acts as a simply by pressing the hotspot’s “connect” button once and router for up to eight mobile devices simultaneously, bringing without entering a Pin. high-speed and low-latency mobile internet access to the road. The accessory piece is designed for optimal operation in apart from the any vehicle of Bmw Car Hotspot the Bmw group LTe an LTe- equipped with a capable sim card telephone dock- is required. The ing station. The first time a mobile docking station device is connect- provides the ed to the Bmw power supply and Car Hotspot LTe ensures optimal using the mobile reception. when device’s wLan in- placed in the terface, an eight- Bmw docking digit code must be entered. This is a one-off requirement. If the station, the Bmw Car Hotspot LTe connects to the internet mobile device is equipped with an nfC interface, the wLan using the vehicle aerial. This means that reception cannot be connection is automatically established simply by briefly placing impaired for example by tinted windows, while also preventing the nfC-capable device on top of the LTe Hotspot. according radiation inside the vehicle. But it is also possible to use the to BMW, this is the first time NFC functionality has been offered hotspot even without a docking station. in this case, using an in the car. “‘Plug and play’ is something of an overworked term, optionally available adapter and mini-UsB cable, the power is but this is the genuine article,” says markus Dietz, Project man- provided by plugging the Bmw Car Hotspot LTe into the ciga- ager Bmw Car Hotspot LTe Development. rette lighter. Thus, the hotspot can be used in any vehicle. if the customer’s device is not nfC-capable, the Bmw Car equipped with a built-in battery pack, the Bmw Car Hotspot Hotspot LTE also offers WPS (WiFi Protect Setup) as a solution LTe can even be used outside the vehicle. away from an exter- for establishing a wLan connection. Using this method it is nal power supply the hotspot can provide internet access for possible to establish a secure connection between the hotspot about an hour. Volvo, Ericsson jointly connect cars to the cloud By Christoph Hammerschmidt wiTH LTe in THe sTarTing BLoCks and the Connected Car increasingly taking shape, new alliances are in the offing. Volvo Car group and ericsson now have announced that they plan to jointly advance the technical development of innovations for automotive internet services. To the joint efforts, Volvo will bring in its expertise in driver behavior and traffic security require- ments while ericsson will contribute its consulting and systems integration. Both companies plan to conjointly build the ecosystem around the connected car. The solution covers all Volvo Cars markets around the globe and is run as a managed service by ericsson. Drivers will be able to download applications, create an on- of Volvo Cars’ stand-alone scalable product architecture (SPA). line service booking and interact with partners through the Con- However, connected car services will roll out in all new Volvo nected Vehicle Cloud built on Ericsson’s Service Enablement cars beforehand in order to position Volvo Cars with sophisti- Platform. The partnership is focused on the rapid development cated solutions and services. 6 Electronic Engineering Times Europe January 2013 www.electronics-eetimes.com


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