Airbiquity Partners with China Unicom to Provide Connected Vehicle Services in China

  Airbiquity Partners with China Unicom to Provide Connected Vehicle Services
  in China

Mobile World Congress 2013

Business Wire

SEATTLE & BARCELONA, Spain -- February 25, 2013

Airbiquity, a global leader in connected vehicle services, and China Unicom of
Shanghai, today announced a partnership to provide telematics services for the
Chinese automotive market, leveraging Airbiquity’s Choreo connected vehicle
service delivery platform and China Unicom’s telecom infrastructure and
service provider capabilities. The goal of the partnership is to provide
comprehensive and advanced connected vehicle services for Chinese automotive
line-fit and aftermarket programs.

The partnership will increase the breadth of services for both companies in
the field of connected vehicle solutions, and help automotive manufacturers
throughout China to quickly implement industry-leading telematics solutions.

Planned services offered through the partnership include infotainment and
smartphone integration, commercial vehicle fleet services, CRM, and other
traditional telematics services.

“Airbiquity is delighted to partner with China Unicom of Shanghai to expand
its connected vehicle services within China,” said Kamyar Moinzadeh, president
and CEO of Airbiquity. “With GSM and WCDMA business in 31 provinces and
regions, as well as broadband and ICT infrastructure throughout the country,
China Unicom is a leader in connectivity solutions. Bringing that
industry-leading level of service into the car, across China, is an
intelligent next step in a rapidly expanding market.”

Shipments of smartphones in China increased 61% YoY in Q3 2012, surging way
ahead of the United States and confirming the nation’s position as the world's
largest country by volume. Matched with growing automotive production and
sales, China Unicom and Airbiquity will be well positioned to bring
cutting-edge telematics services to a rapidly expanding market.

“With vehicle sales in China alone expected to rise from 21 million units in
2013 to nearly 34 million in 2019, the opportunity for connected car solution
suppliers is huge in this region,” said Richard Robinson, director, automotive
at Strategy Analytics. “Our research highlights that nearly half of the
vehicles sold in China will have either embedded modems or tethered device
telematics capability by 2019, in spite of the lower value 'economy' segment
accounting for over 30% of vehicle sales.”

Services are scheduled to launch later this year with two customers already
under agreement.

About Airbiquity

Airbiquity is at the forefront of change in the automotive industry,
integrating advances in software, communications technology and wireless
services with vehicles. Its connected vehicle solutions offer automakers a
flexible platform for delivering innovative applications and services that
help automobiles adapt to the driver’s digital lifestyle. To learn more about
Airbiquity, visit

Airbiquity is a trademark of Airbiquity Inc.


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