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Electric vehicles surprise analysts as most connected by 2017

A recent research report by Pike Research indicates plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) are set to be some of the most “connected” vehicles on the road. Can you guess the percentage for the year, 2017?

According to Pike Research, telematics systems for PEVs come in two varieties: 1) Basic telematics provide simple data connections for emergency services, charging equipment locations, and diagnostics/vehicle monitoring; 2) Connected vehicle telematics provide live traffic, weather, streaming content, and cloud computing-based applications.

Telematics provides the connection to utilities, grid operators, data providers, and owners’ smartphones. PEV telematics delivers information on electric usage, pricing, and state of charge to smartphones, while connected vehicle telematics will be used to deliver additional content and provide unique tools for PEV owners.

Recall that automobile manufacturers began to introduce mass marketed plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) in 2010. Most of these vehicles include at least basic telematics systems that not only enable the driver to check on charging station locations and the state of the battery charge, but in the future will also provide details on energy costs and charging station availability. While basic telematics packages that offer simple data connections for emergency services, charging station locations, and remote diagnostics/vehicle monitoring are standard features on most PEVs, many consumers desire more elaborate, connected vehicle telematics, which can provide live traffic, weather, streaming content, and cloud computing-based applications.

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