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The global installed base for connected cars / light-duty vehicles is expected to expand to more than 360 million units in 2021, up from slightly more than 250 million in 2019, presenting a massive opportunity for collecting and selling data collected by these vehicles. 

 automotive.jpgSource: Omdia

MWC20 will highlight the emergence of automotive and vehicle data as a currency. The increasing number of connected vehicle sensors and cameras has led to the collection of vast databases. While car makers have been unwilling to share this data, it will become far more powerful coupled with other data sources across the smart cities, insurance and communication service providers (CSPs). 

There is a clear opportunity for cloud platforms, cloud storage systems, application developers and analytics partners to help monetize connected car data. Joining together data sets could also help accelerate the progress of autonomous driving, especially with the introduction of AI and machine-learning tools. Expect to hear about 5G uses in automotive and transport.  

While CES was a muted show for most CSPs, MWC20 will be the forum to market their transport vision for consumers as well for car makers. New opportunities for connectivity plus automotive partnerships are coming up, with the expiration of existing connectivity contracts providing an entry point for potential new service collaborations.  

For example, PSA—which acquired GM’s Vauxhall and Opel brands and entered a contract with AT&T for vehicle connectivity in 2017—may be seeking new CSP partners because the AT&T contract expires in 2020. Omdia would not be surprised to see several such partnership announcements at MWC. 

Car makers also are expected to use MWC20 to focus on the near-term opportunities in the autonomous vehicle segment, such as partially or fully autonomous shuttles deployed on campuses and closed environments, using existing 4G LTE or upcoming 5G connectivity.