Imagine an app that can start your car from your smartphone. New smart phone apps are growing in leaps and bounds, and so are “smart” car features. The automobile industry has begun to realize that a standard but flexible operating system is going to be necessary for the transition to the next generation of smart cars.
Chrysler’s Sprint Velocity is one system already competing for business with the big car manufacturers, and with good reason. Sprint Velocity is already at the core of Chrysler’s Uconnect Access system (found on the RAM 1500 and SRT Viper supercar.) Launched at last month’s LA Auto Show, Sprint Velocity is a complete end-to-end solution for car manufacturers that combines telematics with billing and data analytics.
Sprint Velocity delivers an open source telematics platform that can be adapted, modified, and re-named by car companies to deliver an infotainment system that could be at the core of your next car’s smart technology. The system relies almost entirely on a smartphone for its infotainment and communication qualities because it attempts to mimic that device instead of replacing it.
By linking a smartphone through Bluetooth, Sprint Velocity can present spoken news updates as well as turn-by-turn navigation. Among its more exceptional features are texts-to-voice and voice-to-text messaging capabilities, offered as a safety feature. More than likely, consumers will see it as a convenience.
Sprint Velocity enables in-car payment for services, and according to Sprint, the intention is to do business here – and it will enable users to make some useful purchases, including Wi-Fi on demand. For instance, if you’re driving you have three kids in the back seat trying to use tablets, you can buy one day of WiFi service straight from the console, and all three tablets will be connected.
Chrysler has adopted the entire Sprint Velocity package and rebranded it Uconnect; auto manufacturers are able to mix and match various Sprint Velocity modules to create almost any kind of platform. It’s designed to be easy-to-use, and of course it’s targeted for the younger generation. Ninety percent of new cars will have some type of connected platform by 2020.