Chunghwa Telecom Co., Taiwan’s largest wireless carrier, has announced that it will make a greater push into a connected car project with Toyota as part of its 4G service expansion.
Chungwa Telecom’s partnership with Japan’s Toyota, the bestselling car brand in Taiwan, began in 2014, providing tablet PCs with 4G connectivity for Toyota car models. These allow owners to check tyre pressure and monitor images in their cars, even when they’re not driving, said Lin Kuo-feng, president of Chunghwa Telecom’s mobile business group.
The two companies are expected to discuss integration of their back-end control systems to provide a wider range of 4G-enabled services and applications, Lin told the Taiwanese media at a year-end gathering, although he did not give a timetable for the launch of the services.
As of the end of last year, Chunghwa Telecom had 1.33 million subscribers to its 4G mobile network — 38.6 percent of Taiwan’s 3.45 million 4G users — seven months after the launch of 4G operations in Taiwan.
Lin said he expects the number of Chunghwa Telecom’s 4G users to increase this year on the back of the connected car project as well as gaming applications and improving the quality of 4G data services.