Recently, automobile club AAA teamed up with communication giant AT&T (News - Alert) to offer its free AAA FindMe GPS Locator service to its members, who also happen to be AT&T customers.
Offered as a free membership benefit to AAA drivers, this location-based free service allows AT&T customers and AAA members to instantly share their GPS location with AAA Roadside Assistance, without requiring any special device or download. The service also allows stranded drivers to get help with emergencies, even if they aren't exactly sure what street they are on or when they passed the last mile marker.
“Experiencing car troubles in an unfamiliar location can be a stressful situation. We are thrilled to now offer AAA FindMe to our members who use AT&T mobile phones. By offering accurate geographic data the moment our members pick up the phone and dial for help, AAA and AT&T can provide more to its members and customers,” AAA National Vice President, Marshall L. Doney explained in a statement.
The rollout in conjunction with AT&T is now underway with full U.S. coverage anticipated by early in 2013. Currently, the service covers up to 25 percent of AAA road service calls.
Further, AT&T gives developers access to APIs as part of an ongoing initiative to open its network and promote innovation in both business and consumer environments. At this time, the company has 74 open APIs that allow applications to interact directly with its operating systems.
“We encourage developers to tap into the power of our network through tools like the Location Information Services platform, which can access location data on any carrier network or device. It's amazing to see how many different applications can grow out of a single API when innovative minds are at work,” Vice President of Advanced Mobility Solutions at AT&T Business Solutions, Chris Hill added.
Edited by Jamie Epstein