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Communications services company Sprint, which aims to launch the first 5G mobile network in the USA next year, has worked with NXM Labs on a 5G-ready connected car platform featuring blockchain-enabled security. This can be fitted to both new vehicles and existing cars already on the road.

The NXM system involves an automotive router to offer high-speed on-demand wi-fi connectivity, advanced vehicle health monitoring and tracking, as well as features including maintenance reminders, service scheduling, parking space location, fuel price information, driving cost calculations, roadside assistance and even smart parental controls. Mobile devices and multiple family vehicles can be connected, with a variety of payment plans offered for the cellular broadband service.

Ivo Rook, SVP of IoT at Sprint, said in a statement: “Through the power of blockchain technology, NXM provides an advanced level of security and advanced capabilities to vehicles that might not otherwise have it, even extending wi-fi. With the power of Sprint’s high-speed LTE and upcoming 5G network behind the technology, consumers will be able to experience the latest in automotive technology, even in early-model vehicles.”

Scott Rankine, CEO and co-founder, NXM Labs, added: “We’re making it easy for both pre-owned and new car buyers to experience the latest in smart connected vehicle technology features.” NXM Labs, based in San Francisco, already offers a 4G-enabled product called NXM Wave, which connects drivers and dealers as well as providing on-demand wi-fi via its router.

-Farah Alkhalisi