CHARLESTON, SC--(Marketwired - Oct 16, 2014) - Zubie, a leading company in the emerging connected car space, continues to expand its partnership with one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world, Telefónica. Today, Zubie announced its entrance into the Brazil market, sold through Telefónica, branded as "Vivo", and available to Brazilian consumers in mid-2015. This marks another key milestone in Zubie's international growth strategy -- having recently launched with Telefónica /O2Germany and now announcing entry to Brazil with Telefónica/Vivo.
"We are delighted to continue our international expansion with our global partner Telefónica," said Zubie CEO, Tim Kelly. "The Brazil market opportunity for connected car solutions is robust, and the combination of the local strength of Vivo along with Zubie's cloud-based data, apps, and car device solution will be very powerful in Brazil."
The Brazilian expansion was announced in Sao Paulo at FutureCom 2014, the largest South American conference focusing on the future of information and communication technology (ICT). The service is expected to be available in mid-2015 via Vivo's distribution channels.
"The moment is now for the connected car and with our partnership with Zubie, Telefónica Vivo is leading in this space by bringing innovative automotive related consumer services to market," said Roberto Piazza, Executive Director for Digital Services at Telefónica Vivo. "This initiative is one of several others guided by Telefónica Global Strategy to deploy digital solutions taking advantage of its connectivity and driving Vivo to the leadership of local M2M market."
Zubie and Telefónica Global also recently announced the entrance of the Zubie connected car service at the CarIT Congress on September 30 in Hanover, Germany. The Zubie solution will be available starting this month as O2 Car Connection throughout Germany via O2 direct and indirect distribution channels.
For more information about Telefónica's m2m business, visit m2m.telefonica.com or follow on Twitter at @m2mtelefonica and LinkedIn.
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.