UST Global, Net4Things Partner on Connected Car Deployment

Digital technology services specialist UST Global and Net4Things, an Internet of Things (IoT) company targeting service providers, have partnered to develop the connected car market in Europe and Latin America.

With a special focus in Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru, the two companies will offer complementary IoT technologies aimed at the connected car market. The two officially inked their partnership at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 26.

Service providers will be able to receive consulting services and support from UST Global when launching a new business line, and the two companies are promising an end-to-end joint solution for a customer that can be launched in less than ten weeks.

The Net4Things Global Connected Car Platform (N4T GCCP) helps enable wireless carriers to be part of the connected car ecosystem, by linking them to smart advertising, insurance telematics, remote diagnosis, booking, e-call and infotainment and into other potential revenue streams.

The company, which is based in Madrid, also offers a module that allows service providers to assemble an accident recreation through the Net4Things Instant Crash Report, which the firm said could reduce fraud and improve safety on the road.

UST Global, which is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, Calif., and operates in 25 countries, recently acquired Pneuron a startup that helps customers build, deploy and run applications that require components from widely diverse sets of platforms and technologies.

In other connected car partnership news, Zubie, a connected vehicle platform provider, announced it has partnered with Xirgo Technologies, a hardware provider in the telematics industry.

The deal will bring together Zubie’s connected car platform with Xirgo’s expertise in hardware customization for the transportation industry, expanding the range of solutions that Zubie can deliver into tracking for fleets of all sizes, heavy duty truck tracking and asset tracking.

The company’s web, iOS and Android applications offer insight to their clients across four pillars of connectivity — vehicle location, vehicle health and diagnostic information, driver safety and trip management.

While the Zubie platform was designed for businesses with small and medium sized fleets of two to 200 vehicles, it is also available for individuals and families who want the benefits of a connected car.

All of the benefits of the Zubie platform will now be accessible through Xirgo devices, such as live location tracking, curfew scheduling, detailed trip history, geofence alerts, point-of-interest reporting and dispatch.

Zubie also offers driver behavior analysis such as alerts and reports for safety infractions and fuel efficiency and vehicle health management data including check engine light diagnosis, battery level monitoring and preventative maintenance reminders.

Map and trip time, mileage, top speed, hard brakes, hard accelerations, speed, idle time and fuel cost, the ability to categorize of trips for business expenses and tax deductions and on-demand tow truck network for quick assistance are additional features.

Rounding out the feature set is a fuel finder component that will find the location of the cheapest gas near the driver, and integration with platforms like Fleetio, Expensify, IFTTT and others.

Zubie had previously joined forces with RepairPal to offer real-time car repair information and access to certified repair shops, and in November 2017 announced it had tracked one billion miles for its customers.

— Nathan Eddy is a filmmaker and freelance journalist based in Berlin. Follow him on Twitter @dropdeaded209_LR.

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