The telecommunications group therefore wants to significantly strengthen its position in the automotive sector, "Business Insider" reports . Vodafone already has ten million SIM cards in vehicles worldwide and is the global market leader in this area, says Hannes Ametsreiter, Head of Vodafone Germany. "Our goal is for there to be no more road traffic fatalities in the future. This is possible with networked and autonomous vehicles," Ametsreiter told the Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa).
Vodafone sees itself as a cooperative partner to the automotive industry. In the last year, the group has agreed a comprehensive partnership with map service HERE to jointly develop a 5G atlas for autonomous driving. Since 2015, HERE has belonged to a consortium of car manufacturers Audi, BMW and Daimler, which bought the map service from Nokia. Bosch and Continental have also held stakes in HERE since the start of the year.