Partnership With Telefonica O2 Offers Zubie's Service in Germany
CHARLESTON, SC--(Marketwired - Oct 1, 2014) - Zubie, a leading startup in the emerging connected car space, has begun its international expansion via a partnership with Telefónica, one of the largest telecommunication companies in the world. Beginning in October, Zubie's proprietary technology will be branded as O2 Car Connection in Germany. Through this union, Zubie leads the charge as the one of the first U.S. connected car companies to partner with a European wireless company; further demonstrating the expanding market opportunity of the connected car.
"We are excited to be launching Zubie in Germany with O2 and aligning with the one of the world's leading wireless companies, Telefónica," said Zubie CEO, Tim Kelly. "We are witnessing continued momentum, both abroad and in the U.S. This international partnership demonstrates how Zubie's connected car data and mobile app solutions can benefit multiple industry segments especially the consumers as the end users."
Telefónica recently announced its German connected car offering at the prestigious technology conference, the CarIT Congress on September 30 in Germany. O2 Car Connection will use Zubie's technology and mobile services and will be available in Germany starting in October. The Zubie service provides users in Germany a full suite of connected car benefits to help make driving safer, easier and less expensive.
"More than 75 percent of people in Germany won't leave home without their mobile phones, and the car is one of the German consumer's favorite and most important possessions," says Peter Rampling, Managing Director B2C at Telefónica in Germany. "O2 Car Connection brings those two trends together: You are connected with your car at anytime, anywhere via your smartphone."
This expansion comes on the heels of two notable announcements from the high-growth, South Carolina, USA-based company. The first being a round of funding led by Nokia Growth Partners and Magna automotive, followed by a partnership with Progressive insurance where Zubie customers can earn safe driving discounts on auto insurance.
Zubie is a connected car service focused on making driving safer, easier and less expensive for consumers, small businesses and business verticals including automotive, insurance, and mobile/telecom operators. The company was formed in 2012, and is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, USA, with operational offices in the Minneapolis area.
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