Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “China Passenger Car Telematics Industry Report, 2014-2017” report to their offering.
Since GM OnStar and Toyota G-Book officially embarked on China’s market in 2009, passenger car brands have launched their own Telematics products, such as Ford SYNC, Nissan CARWINGS, SAIC InKaNet, HondaLink, Geely G-NetLink, Mercedes-Benz CONNECT, Volvo Sensus, BMW ConnectedDrive, Yueda KIA UVO, Dongfeng Citroen Connect, Dongfeng Peugeot Blue-i, Hyundai Blue Link, Changan in Call, Chery Cloudrive and so on.
In order to occupy "the fourth screen" in the mobile Internet era, domestic and foreign Internet giants begin to highlight Internet of Vehicles (IOV) in 2014, for example, Apple has released CarPlay vehicle system, Google has launched Android Auto, Alibaba has acquired AutoNavi and cooperated with SAIC to develop connected vehicles, Tencent unveiled Lubao Box and held stake in Navinfo, Baidu collaborated with TimaNetworks to launch CARNET. As China’s position in the global automotive market becomes more important, the competition in the Chinese passenger car telematics market will turn to be more intense.
Chinese passenger car telematics market falls into OEM market and aftermarket. The traditional OEM market focuses on traffic safety, such as remote assistance and other functions; the aftermarket emphasizes entertainment and other personalized services. However, OEM brands have paid more attention to the combination with mobile Internet and hope to make users have better experience; coupled with their inherent advantages in the industrial chain, they expect to master higher market share in the future.
There were more than 4,000 enterprises engaged in telematics aftermarket in China around 2012, but most of them have closed down or been struggling to survive now. For now, even large suppliers (like PATEO and Chinatsp) linked with considerable automobile companies see unsatisfying profitability. The fundamental reason lies in the lack of eye-catching telematics applications which users are eager to pay for. Navigation and radio of the traditional vehicle information system are the most frequently used functions for users. Telematics vendors intend to introduce a variety of innovative applications to intensify user viscosity, but they see little effect, which directly makes the telematics activation rate of new cars remain at less than 30%.
In the Chinese passenger car telematics market, GM OnStar has always played a leading role. In the first eight months of 2014, OnStar developed about 77,000 new passenger car users in China, and the majority of them were Buick owners.
Currently, the second-ranked passenger car telematics brand is Ford SYNC. In the first eight months of 2014, Ford SYNC attracted about 48,000 new users in China.