Following on the heels of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, a revitalized automotive industry has dominated yet another major tech conference: Mobile World Congress 2016. Amongst talk of 5G network rollouts and a growing offering of VR demos, it was the connected car that outshined the usual suspects, with many smartphones and gadgets being delegated to tech status quo. This is perhaps unsurprising given that the GSMA made the road to the connected to the connected and autonomous car one of their key pillars at the show, stating that there will be 44 million automated vehicles by 2030. Mojio was at the forefront of this activity at Mobile World Congress, highlighting the growing role of the tech startup within the established mobile and automotive industries.
Innovation for Today’s Drivers
The appeal of a self-driving future is certainly hard to resist, especially when you’re sitting inside Mercedes Benz’s F 015 Luxury in Motion autonomous car. But the most pressing opportunity is to connect the vehicles already on the road today. During his keynote, Samsung’s senior vice president of enterprise business, Hyesung Ha, highlighted that the number of cars on the road will reach 1.4 billion globally by 2020. Many experts estimate that 30 percent of those cars will be connected by then – either through complex embedded systems in the newest models or via efficient aftermarket solutions like Mojio provides today for most cars built since 1996.
For Mojio, this focus on the connected car from both the mobile industry and the over 100,000 attendees at Mobile World Congress is nothing but positive. When it comes to innovation, however, the new kids on the block – startups like Mojio – are beginning to steal the stage from the big brands. In fact, the GSMA selected Mojio as one of just five startups for its Innovations of Things event on Thursday, February 25th. I had the opportunity to explain to the packed room how Mojio is able to connect nearly any car via the OBD-II (on board diagnostics) port, unlocking previously hidden automotive data to help drivers save money and keep an eye on what matters most. Through our open platform we’re able to support a growing number of use cases like vehicle security, maintenance and repairs, safe driving behaviour and usage-based insurance. This innovation is the direct result of our Silicon Valley approach that addresses a near-term market of around 350 million cars on the road today. In case you still think this is a futuristic concept, consumers are saying otherwise. 37% of car buyers are willing to switch brands for better connectivity (up from 20% in 2014) and 32% are willing to pay a subscription for connected services today (up from 21% in 2014).
So why aren’t the automakers servicing the needs of today’s drivers? Well, despite their best efforts to offer exciting infotainment and connectivity solutions in the newest (and typically more expensive) models, they simply cannot address the hundreds of millions of drivers who aren’t in the market for a new car now and won’t be for another five to ten years. Decades of cutthroat competition, 5-7 year development cycles and legal departments that seem to have been built to stifle innovation are just a few of the reasons. We believe that everyone can and should have a connected car today.
“The number of cars on the road will reach 1.4 billion globally by 2020.”
What’s more, OEMs can’t offer the seamless experience of personalizing a connected driving experience to their customers needs and wants. The only way to do that is through a truly open ecosystem, one that is independent of the auto brand and can be easily adapted to constantly evolving hardware and connectivity options. This open approach enables the owner of the car to become the owner of his or her data. Novel? Yes, but we believe this is simply the logical evolution of car ownership. As software continues to eat the world, startups like Mojio are poised to take a big bite out of the connected car market.
Partnerships Are Driving the Connected Car
From our perspective, two key trends have come out of Mobile World Congress. First, mobile carriers have really woken up to the potential of connected cars. Beyond the obvious bottom-line benefits to being the connectivity provider for millions of cars, carriers have an opportunity to build a deeper relationship with their customers, one that has grown from the smartphone to the connected home and will now penetrate the car. Increasingly, they’re turning to partners to help them make this happen more efficiently.
Just ahead of Mobile World Congress, nine carriers including Deutsche Telekom, BT, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, Millicom, MTS, Orange, Rogers, TeliaSonera and TIM announced an alliance to allow partner businesses and startups to more efficiently and quickly bring innovative products and services to customers around the world – ultimately to create better value for these carriers’ billion+ customers. Mojio was highlighted as one of these key partners alongside other innovative companies like Airbnb and Spotify.
To this end, during Mobile World Congress, Marc Sommer, SVP Business Development at Deutsche Telekom (one of Mojio’s investors) outlined this alliance and announced that its subsidiary T-Mobile Czech would be rolling out its first connected car solution (powered by Mojio) this year across the country.
“This smart solution will make drivers’ lives easier, safer and more comfortable,” says Tomáš Ryšavý, Vice President B2C and Product Marketing at T-Mobile Czech, adding: “The activity in the area of smart cars is part of our IoT strategy that we started fulfilling last year. Our launch partner, Mojio, is a winner of many contests and has held more connected car hackathons than any other player in the market.”
Sommer outlined on stage at Mobile World Congress that this was just the first test case of utilizing Mojio’s connected car platform and that Deutsche Telekom and its alliance partners anticipated offering this solution to their billion plus customers. You can watch the complete announcement from Marc Sommer below.
The second key trend that became apparent to us at Mobile World Congress was the move from existing mobile handset manufacturers to jump into the hardware portion of the connected car industry. The announcement around Samsung’s new OBD-II dongle secured a lot of attention, but other players were also active during the show including Huawei.
Notably for Mojio, ZTE and its subsidiary ZTEWelink signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Mojio to further its penetration within the connected car market. With this agreement, ZTE becomes the first Tier 1 handset manufacturer to benefit from the “Made for Mojio” certification program, enabling a turnkey connected car solution for mobile carriers globally. By connecting a Made for Mojio certified ZTE device to their car, drivers will unlock automotive data and access an ever-growing suite of connected car apps. Speaking about the deal, Wang Zhijun, VP of ZTEWelink said: “We are delighted to cooperate with Mojio and we will work together to provide global operators and partners with E2E solutions and help them rapidly launch connected car services.”
With the entire mobile industry paying special attention to the connected car at Mobile World Congress, it’s become clear that all cars will soon be connected (existing cars via aftermarket OBD-II dongles and Mojio’s cloud platform, and new cars via a slew of embedded solutions) – whether that’s from the automotive OEMs or via innovative software startups. Deutsche Telekom and ZTE are turning to partners like Mojio to provide the platform for global, scalable connected car offerings, signalling an exciting time for not only the automotive and mobile industries, but ultimately for end users who’ll soon be able to enjoy a new era of car ownership and driving experiences.
Mojio humanizes the connected car experience with Amazon’s voice service
Mojio, meet Alexa. Alexa, meet Mojio.
Amazon Echo* is designed around your voice. It’s hands-free and always on. With seven microphones and beam-forming technology, Echo can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing.
Echo connects to Alexa, a cloud-based voice service, to provide information, answer questions, play music, read the news, check the weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask.
In June of 2015, Amazon announced the Alexa Fund. This new fund was established to provide up to $100 million in investments to support developers, manufacturers, and start-ups of all sizes who are passionate about creating new experiences designed around the human voice. The Alexa Fund started off with just seven initial investments, including Mojio. Since then, Mojio’s engineering team has being working with the Alexa Skills Kit to integrate Amazon’s leading voice technologies with Mojio’s open connected car platform.
Today, we are excited to the announce the availability of the Mojio Skill in the Alexa app*. This is just a taste of what will grow into an even more advanced and capable set of voice commands in the near future.
If your car could talk, what would it say?
Mojio and Echo make it possible to connect you with your car in a whole new way, even when you’re not in it. By harnessing the Mojio device’s always-on 3G + GPS connections, Alexa can answer questions that help make everyday life more seamless.
Get peace of mind without the dangerous distractions
It’s natural to worry about the ones we love, especially when they are driving. But distracting text messages and phone calls can be dangerous. Did you know that while traveling at 55mph, a car can cover the length of a football field in just 5 seconds? That’s the average time your eyes will be off the road if you’re distracted by a text. Cut out the distractions and just ask:
Alexa, ask Mojio to locate my car.
Alexa will respond with information about the status (driving or parked) and current location of the car, including the street address.
Get the information you need before you leave home
Many of us scramble around in the morning because we’ve hit the snooze button one too many times. Do you have enough gas to get you to your first meeting? Save time and make informed decisions to help your day run more smoothly. Just ask:
Alexa, ask Mojio how much gas I have.
Alexa will respond with information about the fuel status of your vehicle, including the percentage of gas left in the fuel tank.
Learn more about your driving habits
What do you know about your driving behavior? Curious about your last trip? Instead of guessing, take a moment and have some fun with Alexa. Just ask:
Alexa, ask Mojio to tell me about my last trip.
Alexa will respond with information about the last trip that your car took, including the total distance traveled.
Setup is simple
- Download and sign in to the Amazon Alexa app (iOS, Android and FireOS). You can also complete the setup via the Amazon Alexa web app.
- In the menu go to Skills and search for Mojio
- Read about the Mojio Skill and click “Enable Skill” to add it to your account
- The Enable Skill button will take you to a Mojio authorization screen. You will need to sign in to your Mojio account to pair Mojio with Alexa.
- That’s it, now you’re connected. Start asking Alexa questions about your car.
Give your car a voice with Mojio and Amazon Echo
Mojio makes it possible to connect you with your car in a whole new way, even when someone else is driving. From maintenance reminders and driving analytics, to vehicle security and real-time location tracking, Mojio’s always-on 3G+GPS OBD device makes your car smarter. By integrating with Amazon’s Alexa Skills Kit, Mojio is humanizing the connected car experience to make everyday life more seamless.
If you’re looking for the perfect holiday gift, why not give someone’s car (or your own) a voice? For a limited time and while supplies last, you can get Mojio’s 3G + GPS device at a special holiday price. Add Amazon Echo to the package and you’re certain to become a gift-giving legend.
Happy Driving from the entire Mojio team!
*Note: Amazon Echo and the Alexa App were only available in the United States at the time of publishing.
Founded in 2012, Mojio is the leading open platform for connecting cars. By delivering contextual insights that unleash a new wave of driving experiences, Mojio activates the connected car economy.
Mojio provides an expanding marketplace of apps and services that provide accurate, near real-time, information about what’s happening under the hood and behind the wheel. Thanks to partnerships with leading cellular providers, Mojio’s 3G + GPS device connects drivers with their vehicles at all times, making the services they depend on faster, seamless and more reliable.
For Enterprises, Mojio enables intelligent data analysis that unlocks previously unavailable revenue streams and cost-saving opportunities. With near real-time access to vehicle-specific or aggregated data, Mojio empowers decision makers with secure, stable and scalable data solutions.
For Developers, Mojio facilitates the efficient integration of vehicle data into new and existing apps. Supported by Mojio’s Developer Center, developers have open access to advanced tools and resources, including interactive documentation and tutorials, mobile SDKs, a vehicle simulator and powerful 3rd party data integrations.
For media/investor inquiries, please contact:
Mojio Media Relations
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It’s official, Autumn has arrived. From pumpkin spiced lattes to the abundance of colorful foliage, there are plenty of reasons to call fall your favorite season. It’s also Car Safety Month in Canada and Fall Car Care Month in the United States. With Old Man Winter looming just around the bend, it’s the ideal time for a tune-up.
Here are the Top 10 Fall Maintenance Tips, courtesy of our friends at the Car Care Council:
- Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
- Check the hoses and belts to make sure they are not cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or showing signs of excessive wear.
- Check the battery and replace if necessary. Make sure the connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free.
- Check the brake system annually and have the brake linings, rotors and drums inspected at each oil change.
- Inspect the exhaust system for leaks, damage and broken supports or hangers if there is an unusual noise. Exhaust leaks can be dangerous and must be corrected without delay.
- Check engine performance to make sure it is delivering the best balance of power and fuel economy and producing the lowest level of emissions.
- Check the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system as proper heating and cooling performance is critical for interior comfort and for safety reasons such as defrosting.
- Inspect the steering and suspension system annually including shock absorbers, struts and chassis parts such as ball joints, tie rod ends and other related components.
- Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
- Check the wipers and lighting so that you can see and be seen. Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during precipitation.
Much of this maintenance can be accomplished with a little bit of elbow grease, but if you’re not comfortable getting under the hood, be sure to schedule a service appointment with your preferred local provider. Remember, preventative maintenance is the best way to keep your car running safe as the weather changes. Plus, it will ensure you minimize the impact on your wallet in the long run.
Happy driving from the entire team at Mojio!
P.S. For our drivers north of the border, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving this weekend!
Labor Day Dream Drives
Labor day recognizes the achievements of workers all over North America. This weekend, celebrate your hard work and go for a road trip to round off summer and welcome fall. Here are two short but sweet Dream Drives from two of our favorite cities in the US.
Los Angeles to Santa Barbara
Heading north from the traffic-jammed roads of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara is a perfect getaway for the weekend. The drive consists of the famous Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) that will offer nearly endless vistas of the coast. If you plan to go straight to Santa Barbara, it will take you around 2 hours, depending on traffic. If you’re up for a little more adventure, you can drive through the Topanga Canyon Loop and make pit stops at Malibu and Ventura, both with some of California’s finest beaches.
Things to Do
Santa Barbara is known as the “American Riveria” and carries many Mediterranean highlights throughout the city. There is something for everyone, including the speciality seafood offerings in the local restaurants.
New York to Finger Lakes
Cruising along the I-80W for about 4.5 hours will take you from the Big Apple to the beautiful Finger Lakes. This lovely drive features it all: lakes, hills, farms and the many quant towns along the way, plus the highlight of the trip – the vineyards.
Things to Do
This drive is famous for its unique vineyards, so we’d recommend an adventurous spirit and a designated driver to get you around safely. You can also stop in Ithaca for a tour of Ivy League school, Cornell. Another option is Geneva, which is at the northern tip of Seneca Lake.
Take one of these road trips before school season begins and to celebrate all the hard work you have accomplished. If you’ve been on one of these trips, please feel free to share the highlights and stories from your dream drives.
Happy Labour Day!
Mojio’s open development platform and 3G+GPS device make any car a connected car
SAN FRANCISCO and VANCOUVER – 9:00am ET, August 12, 2015 – Mojio, the leading open platform for connecting cars, today announced the launch of Mojio Drive, an expanding marketplace of apps and services for nearly every car on the road today. By plugging the Mojio device into their car’s OBD port, drivers can now unlock their car’s data and access an ever-growing suite of more than 20 connected car apps and services to enhance their driving experience. App categories include vehicle maintenance and repairs, roadside assistance, auto insurance, safety and security and productivity.
“We know that drivers want their cars to be more like their smartphones. There are at least as many connected car use cases as there are app developers, and so an open platform for building apps is essential to giving people what they want,” said Jay Giraud, CEO, Mojio. “With more than 800 developers using Mojio’s open platform creating apps and services that span the entire automotive market – from vehicle maintenance apps to data-driven auto insurance services – Mojio is at the forefront of the connected car economy enabling drivers to save hundreds of dollars per year.”
Whether it’s empowering a new teen driver, a super mom or a road warrior, today’s drivers are looking for safety, security and peace of mind for themselves, their family and their car – both on and off the road. Thanks to partnerships with AT&T, TELUS & Deutsche Telekom, Mojio’s cellular connectivity makes the services that everyday drivers depend on faster, seamless and more reliable.
Drivers can visit Mojio Drive in any web browser to discover the apps and services that best meet their needs. A few examples of apps available to download today include:
- Gauge – available for iOS, Android and as an extension for the Apple Watch – works like a personal mechanic. Everything from basic maintenance reminders, to diagnosing car trouble and being ready for vehicle recalls is in the driver’s control. Urgent.ly On-Demand Roadside Assistance is now integrated with the Gauge app to provide drivers with Uber-like visibility on available and nearby tow truck services and a transparent, pay per use fee structure for roadside assistance, whenever and wherever drivers may need it.
- Cloak, the connected car theft tracker for Mojio. Cloak – available for iOS, Android and as an extension for the Apple Watch – is the key to monitoring a car’s location at all times, even when the driver is not in it. If a car is being stolen or its ignition is unexpectedly turned on, the app will immediately alert the driver with text or audio notification.
- RepairLync – available on Google Play – is the first app of its kind to serve as a digital interface between drivers and repair shops. The app interprets diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) read by the Mojio device and sends the details to nearby automotive repair for an independent evaluation and price quote. With RepairLync, drivers can not only get estimates on repair costs, but also find the right shop based on ratings and reviews.
- Onsurance is taking auto insurance into the 21st Century with the help of Mojio. Drivers can authorize the app to access their driving record from the previous 30 days. This data is used to receive competitive auto insurance quotes from multiple insurance providers and agencies in the US, such as First Chicago, Mile Auto and Goji. The Onsurance app uses driving data and behavior based insights to constantly shop for better rates, which means if there is cheaper coverage available, Mojio drivers will know about it.
- For businesses managing a mobile workforce of any size, Dooing helps dispatch, locate drivers, send jobs and track performance with detailed analytics. Dooing’s powerful web-based dashboard for the office combined with battery efficient iOS and Android apps for employees in the field, ensures the entire team is covered.
Other apps and services available today include Trek for iOS, IF by IFTTT for iOS and Android, Carla for Android, Easy Auto Log for Windows Phone, Spot for Pebble Watch, The Car Wizard and FleetLeed, with many more in development and coming soon to Mojio drivers.
All Mojio Drive apps and services require the Mojio 3G+GPS device, available for $149 USD ($169 Canadian), which includes the first year of premium cellular service from AT&T in the US (TELUS in Canada) for nearly any car manufactured since 1996. Subscriptions after the first year are $4.99 USD per month ($6.99 in Canada), with no contract required.
For media/investor inquiries, please contact:
Darren Roberts, VP Marketing
Tel: +1 778-987-8843
Hotwire Public Relations
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Founded in 2012, Mojio is activating the connected car economy to provide today’s drivers with an empowered driving experience. Mojio’s 3G+GPS device connects drivers to their car at all times, delivering unparalleled insights on what’s happening under the hood and behind the wheel. Mojio Drive apps and services provide accurate, near real-time, contextual information to drivers and enterprises to keep them better informed on and off the road. Combined with a plug-and-play cellular device for any car made since 1996, Mojio helps drivers to plan and record trips, share driving information with friends and family and better understand their car’s health. Mojio’s open platform makes it easy for developers to create apps that solve problems for road warriors and businesses alike. For the enterprise, Mojio is a fully scalable, customizable and cost-effective option for resource management that can host multiple web and smartphone based applications. Mojio is now also available on Amazon Launchpad.
For more information, visit www.moj.io