Billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s telecom venture Reliance Jio is planning to rush into automobile telematics with the launch of a device that will control vehicle’s movement and alert owner about fuel and also battery through a mobile app.
“Reliance Jio is ready with a car connected device that will have multiple features like immobilizing car at the time of the theft, the alert owner about car movement, locate the car and also provide Wi-Fi within the car. The owner needs to use Jio sim in the device to avail benefits,” said. The company is in advanced talks with automobile companies to launch it very soon. “There are lots of factors that determine price, but a price of the car connected device is estimated to be either equal to or less than its Jio’s mifi device which costs around Rs 2,000,” said.
With help of Jio’s car management device, the owner will get information about the way his driver is driving the car, the movement of the vehicle can be restricted within a geography, switch on AC of the car from any remote location, get alerted of car break etc. “Jio is working on modalities on its sales model for existing cars as well,” the source said. The device and application have been internally developed by Jio but the hardware device will be initially imported from China. “Jio has asked its device vendor to start making it in India after initial roll-out,” said.
Besides this, the company is also scaling up its fiber to the home project on which it is running pilot in some cities including Delhi and Mumbai. “With Fibre to the home, Jio will focus on automatic entire home from entertainment to home surveillance to utility management,” the source said. Jio has touched a customer base 7.24 crore and claims to be adding 1 lakh mobile subscribers per day. The company has set a target to cross 10 crore customers by March 31, 2017.