The company said in a statement that most such vehicles would continue to have a 4G-enabled Telematics Control Unit by 2025 but the share of 4G would start to decrease after that as 5G increasingly came into its own.
In the second quarter of 2020, 80% of connected cars in Europe were using 4G LTE connectivity.
Research associate Fahad Siddiqui said: “The Europe [connected car] market witnessed a decline of 41% year-on-year in 2Q 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19. Germany was at the forefront in terms of connected car shipments, followed by France and the UK.
Research vice-president Peter Richardson added, “The top three automotive groups — Volkswagen, PSA and Renault Nissan Alliance — account for almost half of the connected car shipments in Europe, primarily because they have been leading passenger car sales in the region.
"For instance, Volkswagen’s Golf and Tiguan are the best-selling cars in Germany and PSA’s Peugeot 208 and Citroen C3 are among the top three bestsellers in France.
"Moreover, luxury automakers like Daimler and BMW have been actively providing connectivity in their cars much before the eCall mandate was put in place.”