Sprint on Wednesday announced a partnership with NXM Labs on the release of a 5G-ready Connected Car Platform which also happens to be protected via blockchain security. The NXM-branded platform will basically consist of two categories aimed at different purposes. The first of those will be to act as a way for drivers to stay connected to their vehicles. As with every other platform benefit, that's made possible by a dedicated router built into the system which is also ready for 5G when it arrives. Specifically, users will be able to keep tabs on their vehicle's performance, location, and maintenance schedules. Reminders will also be sent out when it's time to take care of some preventative maintenance or conduct other scheduled services. In short, vehicle owners will be able to use applications to better maintain their vehicle.
The second portion of the platform's functionality will largely depend on the buyer but should add quite a bit of value to the solution. Alongside the hardware, Sprint and NXM plan to offer on-demand Wi-Fi capabilities driven by the Sprint LTE network and later by 5G in the first half of next year. That will allow riders and drivers to connect their devices just as they would on any other wireless network across a range of plans. Since users don't necessarily always need that type of connectivity, those will be offered on a pay-as-you-go basis with daily, weekly, or monthly service available. That's completely separate from any kind of a smartphone plan, making this among Sprint's first 5G-related, IoT-specific networking offerings.
The platform is also built with a direct focus on security and even runs on a unique, custom-built and blockchain-based operating system. Moreover, other features include smart parental controls for connected devices, Anti-theft, roadside assistance, and collision detection. All of that pushes the platform toward the safety device market. Meanwhile, other features like nearby parking and gas cost or connectivity between multiple vehicles add convenience that might not otherwise be possible in a given vehicle without multiple installations. As of this writing, there's no pricing information available but Sprint says the platform will be sold by automotive dealers across the U.S. starting this fall.