In-car connected services will be enhanced to offer predictive maintenance, over-the-air firmware updates and also safety and compliance features.

As connected cars are expected to account for more than 90% of overall vehicle sales by 2024, and the value of in-car connected services is set to jump 28% between 2017 and 2030, the market is primed for GSMA-compliant connectivity solutions.

In view of these projections, vehicle manufacturer Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced that it will enhance its global telematics program and connected ecosystem with the integration of augmented reality specialist IDEMIA’s eSIM (DAKOTA) and Subscription Manager platform (Smart Connect).

These two additions, already operational, are expected to enable the manufacturer to optimize vehicle operations and make driving safer and easier.

The DAKOTA eSIM will be embedded directly into new FCA vehicle models that will be launched in multiple regions. DAKOTA will allow FCA to use the same connectivity components in multiple regions, which will in turn streamline the company’s manufacturing operations and enable remote software updates that can be introduced regardless of locale. The solution will also make it easier to develop solutions that meet the security regulations in different countries.

Smart Connect works in helping FCA to manage and monitor eSIM activity. The technology will be used to deliver a variety of connected services, including predictive maintenance, emergency calls, and insurance protocols.

Together, the two solutions are expected to give the automaker the flexibility to dynamically choose the best connectivity provider throughout the lifetime of the vehicle on a worldwide scale, as well as simplify the manufacturing process and provide the capability to remotely-update software and tailor connectivity packages to local regulations and requirements.

In 2019, FCA announced it had reduced its environmental footprint on a per-vehicle-produced basis at its plants around the world. Compared with 2010, FCA had accomplished a nearly 40% reduction in water use, a 27% reduction in carbon footprint and a 64% reduction in waste generated.