AT&T used the Mobile World Congress to announce it has signed Connected Car deals with Audi in North America, GM Opel OnStar Europe and Porsche North America.
Audi North America
AT&T is continuing to bring high speed Internet to Audi vehicles in North America as a part of an expanded multi-year agreement. The integration of next-generation technology will help deliver many new features to the Audi connect system in select 2017 and 2018 models.
Since 2014, AT&T has provided Audi cars with connectivity for Audi connect and Wi-Fi. Under this new agreement, Audi will be providing next-generation technology, featuring new safety, security and infotainment features, such as remote lock and unlock, stolen vehicle locator, online roadside assistance and service requests over the AT&T network.
Audi connect is a platform for infotainment and connectivity designed to enhance the enjoyment of the ride for Audi drivers and passengers. With the fastest and most convenient access to the most current navigation and real-time information and entertainment available, Audi connect offers services ranging from picture navigation to enhanced social media and mobile app integration, and access to up to 7,000 Internet broadcast stations. Generation 2 further brings peace of mind through emergency and roadside assistance services and the ability to access and monitor the vehicle from a compatible smartphone or smart watch app.
Audi customers can share data among phones, tablets and their vehicles with AT&T Mobile Share Value or stand-alone plan.
GM OnStar Europe
AT&T and Vodafone are supporting the introduction of OnStar’s connected service for Opel and Vauxhall OnStar in select European countries. In Europe, OnStar’s Wi-Fi 4G LTE service, enabled by Vodafone, is available in all new Opel and Vauxhall passenger vehicles.
OnStar’s 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection is already available in Spain, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The car becomes a powerful, mobile hotspot giving easier access to apps and services that require a high-speed cellular connection. The hotspot will support up to 7 mobile devices.
Opel and Vauxhall OnStar features also include emergency services, such as roadside assistance and automatic crash response, stolen vehicle assistance, vehicle diagnostics and destination download. There’s a dedicated OnStar smartphone app for services such as remote door unlock.
Porsche North America
AT&T and Porsche Cars North America are bringing high speed Internet to select 2017 models in the U.S. as a part of a new multi-year agreement.
AT&T will offer wireless connectivity on AT&T’s 4G LTE network in certain 2017 Porsche Macan, Boxster and 911 models. Porsche’s Connect Plus services, powered by AT&T, are either standard or an available option on a number of models and will include a Wi-Fi hot spot, navigation, news and weather alerts and other infotainment services. Customers will be able to connect up to 5 devices to the hot spot.
“Porsche’s technologies have advanced performance and spurred improved innovations within the automotive industry,” said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, Internet of Things, AT&T Business Solutions. “Our work with Porsche will continue that innovative tradition and deliver a connected experience in their cars for drivers and passengers.”
Porsche customers can take advantage of Connect Plus services with a stand-alone plan. Existing AT&T customers can easily share data among phones, tablets and their vehicles with Mobile Share Value or purchase a separate stand-alone plan. The cost for connecting Porsche vehicles equipped with Connect Plus to an existing Mobile Share Value plan is a $10 access charge per month.
SBD’s OE Connected Car Guide includes detailed information on the latest factory-fit telematics developments from Europe, China, the US and ROW and covers pricing, architecture, partners, fitment and availability together with images and videos.