Telenor in talks with Tata to bring telematics to JLR models & Tata Nano

Tata Motors’ Nano may soon be IT-enabled to send out an automatic distress call in an emergency.

A device with an embedded mobile SIM card inside the car would send out data — voice message or a written text — regarding the location, speed, impact and number of people to a helpline, based on the machine-to-machine (M2M) communication technology.

Executives of Telenor are in India to discuss the installation of such devices in Tata Motors’ Nano, Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles.

Analysts said the Tatas could be open to a positive discussion with Telenor Connexion because emergency call service in cars would become mandatory in Europe after 2014. The Tatas are likely to take the Nano to Europe in the next two years.

“The information is sent automatically in case the car meets with an accident, so that help can reach the passengers in time without depending on any human interface,” said Per Lindberg, global business development executive at Telenor Connexion.

“We would also hold discussions with other original equipment providers and vehicle manufacturers, including electric auto makers, during our visit to India,” Lindberg said.

Analysts said Reva Electric Car Company, which manufactures cars at its Bangalore plant and exports them to Europe, the US and the Asia Pacific, could be another target for Telenor.

Courtesy: The Telegraph.

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