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China Research Report on Telematics Service Providers (TSP) and Their Products, 2021

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  • 260 Pages
  • March 2021
  • Region: China
  • Research In China
  • ID: 5305834

Small and medium TSPs will fade away and TSP giants will come to the front

As “smart car as a service” grows, automakers focus more on introduction of technologies or platforms from big data and cloud computing to security, content platform and artificial intelligence, providing more intelligent, more diversified content and value-added services, while making an expansion in OEM market. As the gateway for vehicle traffic flow, telematics service providers (TSP) are catering to the industrial change by constantly extending services content and boundaries, across fields from initial remote service to phone mirroring and connectivity, then to connected IVI system, finally to integrated telematics system covering people, vehicle and life.

There are four typical types of TSPs: OEMs, telecom operators, internet/technology companies, and third-party platform providers. These players have built a mode of multi-party cooperation. For example, OEMs push for their partnerships with BATH, Pateo and more in their efforts to improve their ability to develop telematics and provide services, and work together with telecom operators to explore 5G + telematics application scenarios and application ecosystem. In the long run, the four major participants will integrate with each other across fields for win-win cooperation.

In future, China’s TSP industry will head in the following directions:

1. The closer connection of a vehicle with people, other vehicles, smart home appliances, living services and smart city comes with TSPs’ greater attempts to extend their services and open up their technology and ecosystem for a gradual coverage of all scenarios of mobile phone, car, home and city.

For example, based on extended BATH ecosystem (Baidu, Huawei, Tencent, Suning, Ping An, UnionPay, China Telecom, etc.) and third-party ecosystem, Pateo has made deployments in mobile phone, car, home and city scenarios, and will add “five new operations”, i.e., New Mobility, New Finance, New Retail, New Insurance and New Marketing. Now it has carried out its landing of new car retail strategy together with New Baojun and Sunning Car.

2. As cross-field integration becomes normal, players will achieve complementary advantages, resource sharing, and ecological integration to build a large ecosystem ultimately.

Examples include Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent (BAT) which are establishing closer partnerships with OEMs in more areas. Among them, in late 2020 Alibaba joined hands with SAIC again to set up IM Motors in charge of developing smart electric vehicles, following their establishment of Banma Network Technology (which finished strategic restructuring with AliOS in May 2020, aiming at improving automotive operating system and AI technology and upgrading the cloud-network-edge-terminal open system); based on their in-depth cooperation on intelligent connectivity, cloud technology and Baidu Ecosystem, Baidu and Geely announced they would co-found an intelligent vehicle company in January 2021, with Jidu Auto coming into being on March 2.

3. OEMs-lead TSPs to provide better IVI system-centric services.

Currently, OEMs have found common ground on intelligent connectivity and digital transformation acceleration. To hold core technology and data, Geely, Great Wall Motor and Honda China have founded their telematics company independently or together with others, with IVI system at the core of their multi-directional deployments:

ECARX: by the end of 2020, GKUI ECARX designed for Geely has been found in more than 40 models under Geely, Lynk & Co, Proton and served a total of over 2.3 million users.

  • On this basis, ECARX built in-depth cooperation with Baidu, with GKUI19-enabled Boyue PRO access to Baidu Map and Baidu Scenario for recommendation in 2020;
  • In November 2020, Baidu Map vehicle version became first available to Geely Preface upgrade edition.
  • In October 2020, ECARX raised RMB1.3 billion in a Series A funding round led by Baidu, which will be spent developing its automotive chip business.
  • In February 2021, ECARX joined hands with Visteon and Qualcomm to jointly provide intelligent cockpit solutions for the global market; in the same month, ECARX was invested USD200 million in its A+ funding round, which will be used for building an international R&D system and further expanding its global operation.

Bean Tech: Haval Fun-Life 2.0 system co-developed by Bean Tech and Haval integrates with Tencent TAI 3.0 features, and has been installed in several models like Haval Big Dog, Haval F7, Gen 3 H6, and WEY Tank 300. In future, Bean Tech will partner more closely with Haval and Tencent to promote its cloud services (supplied by Tencent Cloud Platform) in Great Wall Motor’s overseas markets and provide full-stack intelligent marketing closed loop services from user profiling and SCRM to advertising and user operation.

4. TSPs face intensified competition and a new reshuffle amid telematics industry change, with four or five giants expected to be born by 2025

Currently, most conventional TSPs have been acquired and integrated into other business by tycoons. A handful of TSPs can run independently. Even Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent and Huawei (BATH) are able to deploy just one of dozens of intelligent connected vehicle product lines each. As OEMs regain dominance in software development, TSPs will contend more fiercely and face a new reshuffle. It is predicted that by 2025, four or five bellwethers that have ability to develop full-stack telematics systems and link vehicles with V2X equipment facilities, earphones, watches, bracelets and various IoT (Internet of Things) device will come out. Small and medium TSPs will be edged out by TSP giants.

Table of Contents

1. Overview of TSP
1.1 Position of TSP in Telematics
1.2 Core Modules of TSP
1.3 Core Value of TSP
1.4 Business Model of TSP
2. China TSP Market and Trend
2.1 Telematics steps into the era of vehicle-road-people collaboration, giving birth to a new generation of TSP
2.2 China TSP Market Forms four Camps
2.3 OEM-dominated TSP
2.4 Internet TSP
2.5 Telecom Operator TSP
2.6 Third-party TSP
2.7 Business Layout of Major TSPs
3. OEM-dominated TSPs
3.1.1 Profile
3.1.2 TSP Business
3.1.3 Hardware R&D: Chip Layout
3.1.4 Hardware R&D: Communication Module
3.1.5 Hardware R&D: GKUI AM IVI System
3.1.6 Software R&D: GKUI Ecosystem
3.1.7 Software R&D: Main Functions of GKUI 19
3.1.8 Software R&D: Natural Semantic Recognition and Voice Assistant
3.1.9 Cloud Platform: Developer Platform
3.1.10 Ecological Partners
3.1.11 Ecological Partners: Dynamics
3.1.12 Clients & Services: Geely
3.1.13 Operation & Maintenance and Service
3.2 Bean Tech
3.2.1 Profile
3.2.2 Development Course
3.2.3 TSP Business
3.2.4 Software R&D: Fun-Life
3.2.5 Software R&D: Fun-Life 2.0
3.2.6 Ecological Partners
3.2.7 Clients & Services
4. Internet and Telecom Operators-lead TSPs
4.1 iFlytek
4.1.1 Profile
4.1.2 Development Course of Automotive Business
4.1.3 Intelligent Vehicle Products and Solutions
4.1.4 TSP Business
4.1.5 Hardware R&D: Flying Fish IVI
4.1.6 Software R&D: iFLY OS
4.1.7 Software R&D: Flying Fish OS
4.1.8 Software R&D: Flying Fish OS 2.0
4.1.9 Software R&D: Flying Fish OS 3.0
4.1.10 Software R&D: Flying Fish OS MATE 2021
4.1.11 Software R&D: Flying Fish Assistant MM 2021
4.1.12 Cloud Platform
4.1.14 Ecological Partners
4.1.15 Clients & Service
4.1.16 Operation & Maintenance and Service
4.2 Baidu Internet of Vehicles
4.2.1 Profile
4.2.2 Telematics Solutions
4.2.3 TSP Business
4.2.4 Hardware R&D: Baidu Intelligent Box
4.2.5 Hardware R&D: Baidu “DuMirror”
4.2.6 Hardware R&D: Baidu Honghu Voice Chip
4.2.7 Hardware R&D: Xiaodu Voice Vehicle Bracket
4.2.8 Software R&D: Xiaodu Vehicle Application
4.2.9 Software R&D: Xiaodu Vehicle Application in 2020
4.2.10 Software R&D: Xiaodu Vehicle Application in 2021
4.2.11 Software R&D: Highlights of Xiaodu Vehicle Application in 2021
4.2.12 Software R&D: Xiaodu Vehicle Application Performance (as of Dec.2020)
4.2.13 Software R&D: Baidu CarLife+
4.2.14 Software R&D: Xiaodu Assistant
4.2.15 Software R&D: Vehicle Intelligent Mini Apps
4.2.16 Cloud Platform: Apollo Intelligent Vehicle Cloud
4.2.17 Ecological Partners
4.2.18 Clients & Services
4.3 Tencent Auto Intelligence
4.3.1 Profile
4.3.2 Development Course of Telematics
4.3.3 Tencent Intelligent Mobility Business
4.3.4 Tencent Intelligent Mobility Ecosystem (TIME)
4.3.5 TSP Business
4.3.6 Software R&D: Tencent Ecosystem Telematics Solution
4.3.7 Software R&D: Tencent TAI3.0
4.3.8 Software R&D: Tencent Small Scene
4.3.10 Software R&D: Vehicle Wechat
4.3.11 Software R&D: TINNOVE OS
4.3.12 Software R&D: Core Capabilities of TINNOVE OS
4.3.13 Software R&D: TINNOVE OpenOS
4.3.14 Cloud Platform: Tencent Vehicle Cloud
4.3.15 Ecological Partners
4.3.16 Clients & Services
4.4 Banma Network
4.4.1 Profile
4.4.2 Strategic Reorganization
4.4.3 Development Course
4.4.4 TSP Business
4.4.5 Software R&D: Development Course of Banma Zhixing
4.4.6 Software R&D: Function Highlights of Banma Zhixing 5.0
4.4.7 Software R&D: AliOS System Iteration
4.4.8 Software R&D: AliOS Connected Vehicle Solution
4.4.9 Software R&D: Ali Vehicle Mini Apps
4.4.10 Software R&D: Voice AI
4.4.11 Cloud Platform
4.4.12 Ecological Partners
4.4.13 Clients & Application
4.4.14 Operation & Maintenance and Service
4.5 China Mobile Shanghai Industry Research Institute (China Mobile Intelligent Mobility)
4.5.1 Profile
4.5.2 Development Course
4.5.3 TSP Business
4.5.4 Hardware R&D: Intelligent Cockpit
4.5.5 Hardware R&D: V2X Vehicle Terminal Products
4.5.6 Software R&D: TSP Solutions
4.5.7 Cloud Platform: OSCAR Service Operating Platform
4.5.8 Cloud Platform: Wutong Big Data Open Platform
4.5.9 Ecological Partners
4.5.10 Clients & Application
4.5.11 Operation & Maintenance and Service
4.6 China Unicom Smart Connection Technology Co., Ltd.
4.6.1 Profile
4.6.2 Core Business
4.6.3 TSP Business
4.6.4 Hardware R&D
4.6.5 Cloud Platform: C-VIS Service Cloud Platform
4.6.6 Cloud Platform: Big Data of China Unicom
4.6.7 Clients & Application
4.6.8 Operation & Maintenance and Service
4.7 Tianyi IOT Technology
4.7.1 Profile
4.7.2 TSP Business
4.7.3 Software R&D: Telematics Solution
4.7.4 Software R&D: Telematics Enabling Platform
4.7.5 Cloud Platform: Tianyi Cloud
4.7.6 Ecological Partners
4.7.7 Clients & Application
4.7.8 Operation & Maintenance and Service: New Energy Vehicle Operation and Regulation
5. Third-party TSPs
5.1.1 Profile
5.1.2 Development Course
5.1.3 Busines Layout
5.1.4 Basic Telematics Business
5.1.5 Business Model
5.1.6 TSP Business
5.1.7 Software R&D: Operating System (Qing OS)
5.1.8 Software R&D: Mobile Phone Connection (Qing Mobile)
5.1.9 Software R&D: Smart Voice (Qing AI)
5.1.10 Software R&D: Payment (Qing Pay)
5.1.11 Cloud Platform: Qing Cloud
5.1.12 Cloud Platform: Big Data
5.1.13 Ecological Partners
5.1.14 Clients & Application
5.1.15 Operation & Maintenance and Service
5.1.16 Development Dynamics of Telematics
5.2 BDStar Intelligent & Connected Vehicle Technology Co., Ltd. (BICV)
5.2.1 Profile
5.2.2 Acquisition of Chinatsp
5.2.3 Core Business
5.2.4 TSP Business
5.2.5 Hardware R&D: Intelligent Cockpit
5.2.6 Hardware R&D: Intelligent Antenna/Digital Instruments
5.2.7 Hardware R&D: T-BOX/Hud
5.2.8 Software R&D: TSP Intelligent and Connected Platform
5.2.9 Software R&D: Vehicle Ecosystem
5.2.10 Software R&D:APP Customization
5.2.11 Ecological Partners
5.2.12 Clients & Application
5.2.14 Development Dynamics
5.3 NavInfo
5.3.1 Profile
5.3.2 Development Course
5.3.3 Brain of Intelligent Vehicle
5.3.4 Passenger Car Telematics: AUTOAI
5.3.5 Commercial Vehicle Telematics: China Satellite Navigation and Communications Co., Ltd.
5.3.6 TSP Business
5.3.7 Hardware R&D: Intelligent Cockpit
5.3.8 Hardware R&D
5.3.10 Software R&D
5.3.12 Cloud Platform
5.3.15 Ecological Partners
5.3.16 Clients & Service
5.3.17 Operation & Maintenance and Service
5.4 Yesway
5.4.1 Profile
5.4.2 TSP Business
5.4.3 Hardware R&D
5.4.4 Software R&D
5.4.5 Cloud Platform
5.4.6 Clients & Service
5.4.7 Clients & Application
5.4.8 Dynamics
5.5 Tima Networks
5.5.1 Profile
5.5.2 TSP Business
5.5.3 Software R&D
5.5.4 Cloud Platform
5.5.5 Clients & Service
5.5.6 Operation & Maintenance and Service
5.6 FutureMove Automotive
5.6.1 Profile
5.6.2 Business Layout
5.6.3 TSP Business
5.6.4 Software R&D
5.6.5 Cloud Platform
5.6.6 Ecological Partners
5.6.7 Clients & Application
5.6.8 Operation & Maintenance and Service
5.7 ECAR Telematics
5.7.1 Profile
5.7.2 Business Structure
5.7.3 Business Model and Service Capabilities
5.7.4 TSP Business
5.7.5 Software R&D
5.7.6 Ecological Partners
5.7.7 Clients & Application
5.8 Shenzhen Soling Industrial Co., Ltd.
5.8.1 Profile
5.8.2 Business Layout
5.8.3 TSP Business
5.8.4 Cloud Platform
5.8.5 Clients & Application
5.8.6 Operation & Maintenance and Service

Companies Mentioned

  • Bean Tech
  • iFlytek
  • Baidu Internet of Vehicles
  • Tencent Auto Intelligence
  • Banma Network
  • China Mobile Shanghai Industry Research Institute (China Mobile Intelligent Mobility)
  • China Unicom Smart Connection Technology Co., Ltd.
  • Tianyi IOT Technology
  • BDStar Intelligent & Connected Vehicle Technology Co., Ltd. (BICV)
  • NavInfo
  • China Satellite Navigation and Communications Co., Ltd.
  • Yesway
  • Tima Networks
  • FutureMove Automotive
  • ECAR Telematics
  • Shenzhen Soling Industrial Co., Ltd.