VisteonVisteon Corporation will introduce a connected vehicle readily equipped with Verizon’s LTE Multicast technology at its booth during the 2015 International CES® from Jan. 6-9. The Visteon Connected Vehicle Hub communicates with an embedded automotive telematics module engineered to receive Firmware Over-the-Air (FOTA) updates using LTE Multicast.

LTE Multicast technology is based on Enhanced Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (eMBMS) and enables more efficient delivery of content to connected vehicles. The Visteon Connected Vehicle Hub and LTE Multicast from Verizon permit automakers to transmit FOTA updates to vehicles in an entire fleet, manufacturing plant or region simultaneously. This network technology is a more streamlined and economical option than current solutions because it significantly optimizes network resources to reach numerous vehicles at the same time. Vehicles may be targeted by make, model and electrical and component architecture, as well as customer and location. This specification creates a variety of potentially connected applications ranging from personalization to enhanced location-based services.

The Visteon Connected Vehicle Hub also features Visteon’s rear seat infotainment, which highlights broadcast entertainment delivered through eMBMS. Multiple channels of programming can be streamed directly to vehicles equipped with an LTE Multicast capable telematics control unit and display screens.

Martin T. Thall, Visteon’s executive VP and president of Electronics, discusses the benefits of working with Verizon. “By working with Verizon, we’re able to offer vehicle manufacturers an unparalleled solution for FOTA updates. Our solution significantly reduces network costs and is designed to provide higher bandwidth and more capability and security than current alternatives,” concluded Thall.

Visteon and Verizon worked in many locations in order to develop an end-to-end solution. The first phase consisted of closed-cell network testing, followed by live field tests using automotive-grade hardware and then fine-tuning the system for multiple vehicle level applications. Verizon is using its exclusive, custom-built, innovative multicast adapter for machine-to-machine (M2M) applications to provide a connected car solution, which delivers compelling media and FOTA updates simultaneously.

Parissa Pandkhou, Director of Product and New Business Innovation at Verizon, believes working with Visteon will help drive Verizon to greater heights. “The automotive industry is quickly becoming the next frontier in connectivity. Visteon is at the forefront of creating new solutions that tap into the potential of LTE Multicast technology and Verizon’s 4G LTE network that deliver real benefits to automakers and ultimately to consumers,” explained Pandkhou.

As the M2M/IoT market continues to diversify, new possibilities will be unleashed to help drive efficiencies for businesses and customers around the world.