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AT&T and partners launch connected car platform and test facility

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LAS VEGAS--AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) is teaming with Ericsson, Amdocs, Jasper Wireless, Synchronoss and others to create AT&T Drive, a mobile platform for developing LTE connected car services.  In addition, the company and its partners are launching a 5,000-square foot facility to fine-tune those apps and services.

At the company's Developer Summit, held today in conjunction with the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, AT&T said that the Drive Studio will be located just blocks from the company's Foundry Innovation Center in Atlanta and will be a place where AT&T will test and develop technologies that will enhance the driving experience and improve safety. The company added that many ideas hatched at the Foundry Innovation Center will be tested and made a reality at the AT&T Drive Studio. 

Like the Studio, AT&T Drive will be based upon efforts from AT&T and its partners to create a full-service system that will let car makers and app developers create customized car solutions. AT&T said it will work with  partners such as Ericsson, Amdocs, Accenture, Jasper Wireless, VoiceBox, Clear Channel's iHeart Radio and Synchronoss to provide services such as global SIM provisioning, global billing, diagnostic solutions, voice-enabled services as well as firmware updates, application stores and more.

AT&T's connected car platform is one of many similar initiatives being launched at the CES show.  Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) today launched a new partnership with a number of automakers to bring its Android mobile operating systems into connected cars. The alliance is similar to an effort launched by Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) to bring its iOS platform to car dashboards.

Interestingly, Sprint (NYSE:S) launched an in-vehicle platform, called Velocity, in November 2012.  Velocity, like AT&T's Drive, was developed to allow car-makers to offer drivers customized features such as security, navigation, remote diagnostics, emergency services and infotainment.  Sprint is a strategic wireless partner for Chrysler's Uconnect voice-activated system.

For more:
- see this press release

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