As demand grows from consumers to stay connected when in their vehicles, Chinese automakers are creating intelligent in-car systems to lead the still-nascent market.

But less than 4% or about one million of these motors came with connectivity.

“We believe the market will be mature once that number rises beyond three million units,” said Yang Dongsheng, general manager at BYD Auto Product Planning & New Technology Research Institute.

The Warren Buffet-backed EV maker launched DiLink, a system solution for connected vehicles, in April last year and later opened it up to app developers.

Through a partnership with Baidu, the fully cloud-connected service also offers drivers the ability to monitor power consumption and more conveniently navigate to local charging stations.

“Smart connectivity is where differentiation is created to grasp the changing needs from consumers, and that is the key to leadership in the future market,” Yang added.

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