Tesla Motors, AT&T team up for in-car Internet(Read article summary)
Tesla Motors has picked AT&T as its in-car Internet service provider, the Washington Post reports. The deal puts AT&T in charge of the many functions on the Tesla Motors Model S electric car that are already controlled via wireless network.
Tesla and AT&T are making a connection.
Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] picked AT&T as its in-car Internet service provider, theWashington Post¬†reports.
The deal puts AT&T in charge of the many functions on the Model S electric¬†car¬†that are already controlled via wireless network. It was formally announced at an event in San Francisco yesterday.
"We‚Äôve been working with AT&T. They‚Äôve been the service provider for Model S" in North America, Tesla spokeswoman Elizabeth Jarvis-Shaen told the¬†Post.
The chips also provide two-way connections for services like roadside assistance and stolen-vehicle location, AT&T told the¬†Post.
The Model S also receives¬†wireless software updates¬†to improve its various computer-controlled systems, and Tesla could potentially use this connection to gather vehicle data as well.
Prior to the expanded deal, AT&T provided a data connection for certain Tesla cars on its 3G and HSPA+ (what it calls 4G) networks.
So far, Tesla and AT&T have not expressed interest in offering a 4G LTE connection in future electric cars.
This would allow drivers to access a greater volume of data through their cars. While it won't help the distracted¬†driving¬†problem, in-car Internet access is becoming a popular option among tech-conscious customers, and a new source of revenue for car makers and data providers
Audi offers 4G LTE¬†in Europe on the S3 Sportback, and plans to expand the service to other models in its range.