AT&T works on car connectivity services
AT&T announced a new use for its network services at CES(Consumer Electronics Show) 2017 in Las Vegas by providing new wireless services to automotive manufacturers.
“Wireless connectivity and connected car services continue to be a key feature in customers’ next car purchase decision. Our work with Honda will deliver new capabilities to future models,” Chris Penrose, AT&T’s IoT solutions president.
Delphi, Ford, and AT&T engaged in a joint research program to build the (vehicle-to-anything) V2X platform. Delphi was behind the module itself, Ford developed the in-car integration, and AT&T built the software for the analytics platform and will provide wireless connectivity.
HondaLink apps will benefit from the connectivity services for navigation, streaming radio, diagnostics, and remote lock/unlock functions. This will allow vehicles to communicate with their surrounding environment in order to improve safety, security, and traffic congestion, with the ultimate goal of preventing accidents.
On the top of that, from 2014 to 2015, AT&T noted an increase in vehicle-related deaths and a high rate of driver-error. The telecommunications company hopes this new technology will reverse this trend. The NHTSA’s proposed solution would require new cars to communicate with one another via dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) to avoid accidents. AT&T’s V2X platform and LTE network would extend DSRC’s range.
Jim Zizelman (VP, Engineering, Delphi) said that, “This technology has the ability to drastically reduce accidents and save lives.”
Although ,connectivity is key to developing autonomous vehicles. For a car to be fully connected and automated, it needs to be able to ‘talk’ to everyone and everything around it in a highly secure manner.
“We believe robust, secure vehicle communications offers the potential to dramatically improve safety, reduce congestion and help protect the environment,” said Don Butler, executive director, Ford Connected Vehicle and Services.
“We’re moving from today’s connected car to a fully autonomous vehicle. Our work with Delphi and Ford will deliver safer, more secure, cost-effective and efficient solutions to do this,” said Chris Penrose, President, Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T.
The more usage of the self-driving car may be cheer up to some, but if that brings along technology that will make cars in general safer, that is the thing when we all get embarked.