US cell phone network provider Sprint has joined NXM Labs to launch a 5G-Ready Connected Car Platform 'combining high-speed, on-demand passenger Wi-Fi with advanced vehicle health monitoring and safety'. This includes the first blockchain powered Internet-of-Things (IoT) security system that guards against hackers, it is claimed.

The companies say the NXM platform includes a powerful automotive router that keeps people connected on the road, and through mobile apps, helping to save money and keep track of vehicle performance and location. Features include maintenance reminders, preventive notifications, scheduling and booking service appointments.

The platform will provide on-demand, unlimited high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity, powered by the Sprint LTE network that's ready for even faster speeds and more capacity when Sprint 5G service begins in the first half of 2019. Drivers and passengers can connect their devices in their vehicle and choose to order cellular broadband by the day, week or month without relying on their smartphone plan.

"Through the power of blockchain technology, NXM provides an advanced level of security and advanced capabilities to vehicles that might not otherwise have it, even extending Wi-Fi," said Ivo Rook, SVP of IoT for Sprint. "With the power of Sprint's high-speed LTE and upcoming 5G network behind the technology, consumers will be able to experience the latest in automotive technology, even in early-model vehicles."

The platform also makes it easy to find nearby parking and fuel stations, plus keep track of driving expenses. Multiple family vehicles can also connect to each other allowing family members new ways to communicate.

"We are extremely pleased to be collaborating with Sprint to bring to market the most advanced and secure connected car platform ever powered by the industry's first Blockchain OS," said Scott Rankine, NXM Lab's CEO and co-founder. "We're making it easy for both preowned and new car buyers to experience the latest in smart connected vehicle technology features that not only help protect their investment but keeps them and their family members safe."

The platform will be available starting later this year.

NXM Labs Inc. describes itself as a Blockchain IoT security company 'developing technology that enables smart devices everywhere to operate and communicate with each other and their surroundings automatically and securely without human intervention'. NXM says it is collaborating with global leaders in communications, semiconductors, automotive, enterprise software, manufacturing, consumer electronics and insurance to commercialise its technology. The company is headquartered in San Francisco.