Hyundai and Vodafone sign European telematics deal


Agreement will see Hyundai focus on creating new, telematics based business opportunities using Vodafone’s existing communications network

Korean car manufacturer the Hyundai Motor Group has signed an agreement with Vodafone Global Enterprise to explore opportunities in telematics for an undisclosed fee.

The deal will see Hyundai focus on creating new business, based on automative IT systems and Vodafone’s existing communications network in Europe.

As well as collaborating on the development of new telematics services, Hyundai will also create new automative IT solutions using Vodafone’s telematics infrastructure to build new customer orientated telematic business models.

Vodafone Global Enterprise chief executive Nick Jeffery (pictured) said: “Vodafone’s high-performance mobile networks and simple solutions for managing wireless connectivity on a global basis, mean we are ideally placed to help the Hyundai Motor Group develop a whole range of new services.

“This collaboration is set to deliver an even better driving experience for drivers across Europe.”

Hyundai launched its Blue Link telematics system which it says offers consumers seamless connection between the office, home, smart phone and automobile with fast and reliable IT technology earlier this year.

As well as features like mapping services, Blue Link allows drivers to start their car remotely, share a vehicles location and lets drivers browse the internet, text and email in a “non distracting manner”.