AT&T partners with Volvo on M2M

AT&T partners with Volvo on M2M

17 APR 2014

US number-two operator AT&T signed a deal with Volvo to provide high-speed wireless connectivity to the car maker’s vehicles.

The multi-year agreement covers the US and Canada and will see AT&T provide its embedded infotainment service, Sensus Connect, for Volvo’s 2015 models, which go on sale this summer.

Drivers will also be able to access Volvo On Call, a service allowing remote access to car functions and emergency crash notification services.

Volvo will use AT&T’s Single SIM platform and AT&T Control Center, which is based on technology provided by M2M player Jasper Wireless. Together these systems allow Volvo to manage wireless device deployment with advanced diagnostic tools and smart alerting.

AT&T already provides similar functionality to other car makers around the world, including General Motors, which unveiled plans in January to bring 4G connectivity to its Chevrolet models in the US by the middle of the year. Audi and electric car maker Tesla are also working with the operator.

Vodafone struck a similar deal with Volkswagen Group in March to provide embedded SIM technology for VW and Audi models in Europe from 2015.

Erik Brenneis, head of Vodafone’s M2M business, said the agreement would strengthen the operator group’s position in the automotive sector, “one of the key markets for M2M communication”.

Vodafone suggested that the planned EU-wide emergency call system – known as eCall – which automatically sends out a SOS in the event of a vehicle accident, could drive user adoption.

Vodafone Germany has previously partnered with BMW to provide M2M connectivity for cars sold domestically.

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