UAE telecom group Etisalat and Nissan have announced a new partnership – the first connected car deployment in the region.
The ‘Nissan SmartCar’ mobile app will be powered by Etisalat’s network and M2M Control Center platform and will be available in the all-new Nissan Maxima 2016 and the Nissan Patrol MY16. It will allow drivers to remotely lock or unlock their vehicles, control cooling and instantly message the owner if the car is involved in a collision.
This global launch of the ’Nissan SmartCar’ mobile application during Dubai International Motor Show 2015 marks the beginning of the connected-car ecosystem in the Middle East.
The agreement between Etisalat and Nissan Middle East will have the giants work closely together to develop connected car technologies and applications to enhance the connected car ecosystem in the UAE and the region.
Nissan’s managing director for Middle East, Samir Cherfan said:
“Our new ‘Nissan SmartCar’ application, which we are launching in partnership with Etisalat, re-iterates to our tech-savvy customers that Nissan is the true leader of ‘Innovation that Excites’.”
Salvador Anglada, chief business officer at Etisalat, said of the partnership:
“Keeping with the evolution of the IoT era, it underpins Etisalat’s commitment to support the nation’s long-term strategy in promoting digitisation initiatives and developing the connected ecosystem of the UAE, including transportation. Through planned investments in our advanced M2M and IoT platforms, Etisalat is well-positioned to help the transportation industry realise their M2M strategies.”
After downloading the application on any Android or IOS smartphone, users will gain remote control of locks, the horn, headlights, the windows and the vehicle’s air conditioning.
In addition, the application is compatible with GPS, GLONASS, and GSM M2M technology so users can ocate their vehicle with a touch of a button.
Nissan will pre-install a small device within the car, which will be connected via an Etisalat M2M SIM card.