Experts warn against focus on connected car hardware

Technology alone is not enough to roll out connected cars in Europe, auto-industry and European Union experts agree.

The key, speakers say during the “Connected Cars Europe 2017” conference in Brussels, is connecting automobiles to their commercial and social environment and getting all actors on board.

“Connected mobility will only work as an ecosystem based on the collaboration of governments, industry players and industry associations,” Nigel Upton, senior worldwide director-Internet of Things and global connectivity platform at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, tells WardsAuto. Certainly, there is enthusiasm at the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm.

“I love technology,” EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc proclaims “Connected cars are transport’s hottest topic and self-driving vehicles are very sexy,” she says, noting their importance in an EC package of transport-mobility reforms, likely to be proposed May 31. This article first appeared in WardsAuto.

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