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Telematics Update: Reform of Pan-European Roaming Costs Essential to Success of Connected Car

General Motors, BMW and Visteon are part of the speaker line-up at Content & Apps for Automotive Europe 2014 (April 8-9, Munich) that will discuss current pricing strategies around mobile roaming charges and how reform could spark growth in high-speed connectivity and the connected-car market.

Current Roaming Costs Not Aiding The Always-Connected Consumer/Driver

Telematics Update:  In the era of the ‘Internet of Things’, 24-hour connectedness and high-speed connectivity, it seems absurd that 94 percent of Europeans who travel outside their home country limit their use of data services because of mobile roaming charges (according to a survey of 28,000 people by the European Commission).  Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice President said, “I am honestly shocked by these figures.  Consumers are limiting their phone use in extreme ways and this makes no sense for the companies either.”  It is clear that automakers, mobile network operators and the authorities need to come together to solve this impasse that has the potential to slow the growth of the connected car in Europe.  This very pressing topic will be discussed in depth at the Content and Apps for Automotive 2014 Conference in Munich in April (8-9).

Having read the figures released by the European Commission, Gareth Ragg, Project Director at Telematics Update commented, “What concerns me the most is that only 1 out of 10 consumers would use e-mails in the same way as at home and only 1 out of 20 would use social media in the same way as at home.  Consumers need to be encouraged, rather than put off using services on their mobile and in their car when outside their country of origin.  I’m looking forward to hearing what the OEMs have to say on this issue– it really is stunting their connected car/4G LTE visions.  The likes of Ford, Jaguar Land Rover and Kia will weigh in on this topic at Content and Apps for Automotive Europe Conference and Exhibition 2014 in Munich (Hotel Kempinski) this April (8-9).”

At this very exciting time for the infotainment industry, Telematics Update will bring together 30+ expert speakers to discuss the crucial challenges of the IVI space, making the Content and Apps for Automotive Europe 2014 Conference the must attend event for all dedicated automotive infotainment professionals. The full agenda and speaker line-up can be found here – there have been many updates to the programme since the launch in November: http://www.telematicsupdate.com/contenteu/

As well as the discussion of pan-European roaming charges, c-level speakers will dissect key topics including:

· Create a Standout Automotive User Interface

· De-Bunk the In-Car App Store Myths

· Break Down ‘Big Data’ to Create Next-Gen Apps

· The Future of the Auto Operating System

· Alternative Platforms to Deliver Valued-Added Driving Services

· And more sessions addressing business model and content/app integration challenges

Speakers Recently Announced:

· Dr. Johann Prenninger, Head of Field Data Analytics, BMW

· Olivier Lenz, Programmes Director, FIA

· Kenneth Malmburg, New Business Development, Global Connected Consumer, General Motors

The full agenda and speaker line-up is available on the website:

http://www.telematicsupdate.com/contenteu/conference-agenda.php

Testimonials and Tributes from the Industry

Of Content and Apps for Automotive Europe 2014, a representative fromJohn Deere stated, “Most informative telematics conference I have been to.”

General Motorsadded: “Excellent conference. No sales pitch, non-stop intellectual debate on all important issues related to apps/contents in auto industry!”

Register for Content and Apps for Automotive Europe 2014

Registervia the secure link below by this Friday (14th March) to secure a €100 discount:

https://secure.telematicsupdate.com/contenteu/register.php

· 4 OEM presentations – Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, SEAT and BMW and engaging panel session, uniting automakers, tier 1s, MNOs and app developers

· Limited discounted hotel rooms left

· Register while group booking discounts are still available

For press enquiries, please contact Ben Bathurst – bbathurst@telematicsupate.com

About Telematics Update:

Telematics Update Conferences are the most prestigious in the industry. We produce the largest telematics events in North America, Europe & Asia, and attract the most influential speakers providing a rich environment for establishing strategic relationships and networking.

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Jack Palmer
Project Director | Telematics Update
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E: jpalmer@telematicsupdate.com

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