Rogers Partners With Sprint to Bring Connected Cars to Canada

Sprint Velocity

Get ready for some distracted driving Canucks. Major carriers Rogers and Sprint announced a partnership to bring the connected car experience to Canada. The agreement sees Rogers Wireless as the preferred connectivity provider for cars equipped with Sprint’s comprehensive in-car system, Sprint Velocity.

Canadians driving vehicles that use the Sprint Velocity solution have access to a variety of connected services including news, weather, sports, navigation, climate control, security, emergency services and vehicle diagnostics. All of these can be accessed from a convenient in-dash touch screen. Sprint Velocity also provides connectivity for mobile devices in the car including smartphones and tablets to allow for calls and other communication like texting and emails.

“Canadians want to be connected from anywhere, at any time, and with over twenty million vehicles on the road in Canada there is a strong growth opportunity for Rogers in the connected auto segment,” said Mansell Nelson, Vice-President, Advanced Business Solutions, Rogers. “Sprint Velocity will bring to Canada the ultimate connected car experience on the road, with a combination of smartphone, tablet and in-dash capabilities, while also delivering safety features and communicating vehicle maintenance information seamlessly to manufacturers.”

Sprint Velocity is a connected vehicle platform built specifically for auto makers. Sprint’s long-standing relationships with carriers around the world help auto manufacturers ensure that their connected car experience is not limited to a single area or country.  Sprint Velocity launched in the United States in November of last year with Chrysler lined up as their first partner.

The connected car market is expected to explode over the next few years. According to Juniper Research, nearly 100 million connected cars will be on the road by 2016. And it’s expected that by 2021, the automotive sector will have the highest share of connectivity-related revenue.

Tom Emrich

Tom Emrich

As a writer, consultant and community builder, Tom Emrich uses his passion for new technologies to act as a catalyst to bring on the future. He founded We Are Wearables, an organization that rallies the tech community together to discover, discuss and demo wearable tech in order to foster adoption and facilitate innovation in the wearable space. We Are Wearables is the largest wearable tech community of its kind in the world with chapters in Toronto, Ottawa and Chicago. Tom writes regularly about wearables and other emerging technologies for MobileSyrup, BetaKit, Design News and Designers of Things. He also works with startups, and large organizations as an advisor and consultant offering assistance on product development, marketing and organizational strategy.