June 20, 2013
Sprint Velocity Wins Telematics Update Industry Newcomer Award
Sprint Velocity enables in-car infotainment, navigation, WiFi, security and hands-free features designed to help drivers stay focused on the road
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), June 20, 2013 - Sprint (NYSE: S) has won the Telematics Update Industry Newcomer Award for its Sprint VelocitySM solution. Sprint Velocity is a pioneering capability that helps automakers around the world develop and market connected services for cars and passenger trucks.
The 2013 Telematics Update Awards were presented at a dinner event before the Telematics Detroit Conference held June 5-6 in Novi, Mich. Attended by more than 1,800 executives, Telematics Detroit is a business-focused conference and exhibition serving the entire telematics ecosystem.
“The Industry Newcomer Award is an exceptional honor and a prestigious validation of Sprint Velocity as an innovative telematics solution for automakers,” said Ben Vos, general manager-Sprint Velocity and M2M (Machine-to-Machine). “Sprint Velocity is changing the conversation with automakers by offering a unique collaborative approach that combines telematics integration with consumer marketing expertise, as well as back office options such as billing care.”
Connected car services enabled by Sprint Velocity can include music, news, weather, sports and other infotainment features, Wi-Fi connections for mobile devices, security, navigation, emergency services and engine diagnostics. Built specifically for automakers, Sprint Velocity supports open and flexible customized solutions that integrate the complex components and ecosystem capabilities required for connected services. View Sprint Velocity video.
Introduced in November 2012, Sprint Velocity has become available to automakers at a time when growing familiarity with connected car services is fueling increased consumer demand. According to Analysys Mason, the automotive and transport sector will have the highest share of M2M connectivity-related revenue by 2021, at 43 percent, driven by increasing adoption of consumer connected car solutions.
Sprint Velocity capabilities include hands-free features designed to help drivers stay focused on the road. Sprint has a long-standing commitment to minimizing driver distraction through handset and in-vehicle solutions. For example, Drive First is a mobile application that helps keep families and especially teens safe by decreasing distractions from their smartphones while behind the wheel. Sprint is a sponsor of DoSomething.org’s Thumbwar Campaign to educate teens on the dangers of texting while driving. In addition, Sprint invites customers and employees to make a voluntary commitment to drive responsibly by taking the Don’t Drive Distracted pledge. Visit www.sprint.com/drive to learn more about these initiatives and sign the pledge.
About Sprint Emerging & Wholesale Solutions
Sprint Emerging & Wholesale Solutions provides platform solutions serving a broad range of industries and customers in more than 165 countries. These include M2M (Machine-to-Machine), connected transportation and traditional wholesale. Sprint’s M2M leadership has earned prestigious third-party validation, including Connected World’s 2013 CW 100 list of the most important and influential providers of M2M services for the ninth straight year. The Sprint VelocitySM in-vehicle connected services solution received the 2013 Telematics Update Industry Newcomer of the Year Award and Pipeline magazine’s 2013 Innovation Award for Innovation in Connectivity. Sprint Integrated Insurance Solutions received the Frost & Sullivan 2013 North American Customer Value Enhancement Award in Usage-Based Insurance. To learn more about Sprint’s M2M offerings, visit www.sprint.com/m2m.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 55 million customers at the end of the first quarter of 2013 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint as the most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all 47 industries, during the last five years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in both its 2011 and 2012 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.