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Connected cars: worldwide trends, forecasts and strategies 2014–2024

Michele Mackenzie Principal Analyst

Consumer demand, regulation and the increasing involvement of operators in the machine-to-machine (M2M) market are aligning to stimulate significant growth in the connected car market.

Connected carsThe market for connectivity solutions in vehicles is growing. Vehicle manufacturers and mobile network operators have been signing deals for several years and these partnerships are beginning to bring vehicles with embedded connectivity to market during 2014 and 2015. By 2024, 89% of new cars sold worldwide will have embedded connectivity. This report is essential reading for mobile operators that are assessing the opportunity this emerging sector could provide.

This report and accompanying data annex provide:

  • a 10-year forecast of the percentage of new passenger-carrying road vehicles (cars) sold that include a connectivity solution, as well as the proportion of vehicles in use that have a connectivity solution
  • key implications and recommendations for mobile network operators
  • an in-depth analysis of trends in the automotive sector that will affect the growth of the connected car solution market
  • an overview of key trends in the connected car sector. 

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Geographical coverage

The report and data annex include forecasts and analysis for the following regions:

  • North America (NA)
  • Western Europe (WE)
  • Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)
  • Developed Asia–Pacific (DVAP)
  • Emerging Asia–Pacific (EMAP)
  • Latin America (LATAM)
  • Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)


Data coverage

The data annex includes data for the following types of connectivity in cars.

  • Embedded
    • fully
    • semi
    • hybrid
  • Mobile device tethered
  • Aftermarket modular
    • commercial vehicle fleet tracking
    • usage-based insurance (UBI)