The emergence of connected services such as off-board navigation, social media integration, in-car Wi-Fi and accompanying application frameworks is driving the adoption of cloud-based vehicle platforms enabled by embedded or tethered 4G broadband cellular connectivity, according to research firm ABI.

But more strategic functionality such as analytics and big data for smart mobility and autonomous driving, and how cars will interact with the wider “Internet of Everything” for services such as vehicle-to-grid and vehicle-to-home will be the key drivers propelling the cloud into a mainstream automotive technology, the firm says. By 2020, more than 40 million cloud-enabled vehicles will ship yearly.

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