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AT&T And Tesla Announce Connected Car Partnership

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AT&T And Tesla Announce Connected Car Partnership


January 13, 2014

By Oliver VanDervoort, Contributing Writer

Machine to Machine (M2M) devices are one of the hottest tech sectors this side of the HDTV. There are very few technologies that are garnering as much attention moving forward as M2M devices, precisely because there is so much that can be done under its umbrella. Inside that sector, one trend that is apparently only growing is using M2M tech inside new cars. Tesla is one company that is looking to take advantage of the suddenly booming connected car market by forging a partnership with AT&T.

The two companies unveiled their partnership at last week’s CES (News - Alert) with Tesla saying that AT&T will be able to power the company’s remote engine diagnostics, telematics and Internet radio. Users will also be able to surf the web, get live traffic and weather reports and top of the line navigation. All of these features are access through 17-inch screens in the company’s cars.

Elon Musk, president and CEO of Tesla issued a statement about the partnership and his excitement about the future for the two firms.  “Tesla’s goal has always been to catalyze the market for electric vehicles for all consumers while providing an exceptional driving experience,” Musk said in the statement. “AT&T’s (News - Alert) advanced and reliable wireless connectivity will help Tesla continue to deliver a cutting-edge ownership experience.”

AT&T is taking its dedication to connected cars quite seriously these days. In addition to the announced partnership with Tesla, the company unveils plans for two major projects in the burgeoning M2M car market. The first project is known as the AT&T Drive Studio and it features a working lab and a showroom that will allow the company to build and show off its innovations. The second project is simply known as AT&T Drive is the company’s automotive solution and development platform that allows automakers to choose what services and what capabilities their connected cars can have.

Automakers can use the AT&T Drive platform to add functions such as data analytics and infotainment applications. Everything is under one roof, which makes it easier to both test and install.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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