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“The connected car stands for a new experience of mobility, guided by the customer, supported by the carmaker and implemented in practice by the operator.”

an app than to the physical device that makes this app possible. My life is my phone: everything comes together in the device, but it’s about the apps, not about the device itself. The younger generation will find it less important to own a car, but they will continue to need mobility. The key is to link the experience of this with the connected car. That’s a challenge, not just for the carmakers, but for local dealers too. The customer is guiding the need for this new experience, supported by the carmaker and implemented in practice by the operator’s network.”

Matteo Gatta is

Director Technology Strategy & Innovation at Proximus. He manages the investment files for technology, from start to implementation. Matteo previously worked for BICS (Belgacom International Carrier Services) and was CEO of Scarlet for two years. Matteo has Italian roots. He studied in Pavia and Milan.

Open system Should we look at the connected car as a smartphone on wheels? “No. The industry shouldn’t make the mistake of comparing the connected car entirely to the smartphone. It’s still a car and not a device that you keep into your trouser pocket. I prefer to talk about a sensor on wheels. To use the vehicle, you need a public infrastructure. Hence the need for an open system, with access to open data, from other sensors. The future of the automobile industry and the connected car lies, above all, in cooperation with other parties.” A system that works impeccably is vital for the safety of drivers, too.

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Profile for Proximus

Proximus One • March 2016  

Business magazine for top ICT professionals

Proximus One • March 2016  

Business magazine for top ICT professionals