AT&T Mobility (NYSE: T) is keeping its foot on the gas when it comes to connected car announcements. The carrier is partnering with Autonet Mobile to bring LTE connectivity to Autonet's telematics solution. Meanwhile, AT&T is upgrading an aftermarket connected car solution from Audiovox.
Drivers can use Autonet's integrated telematics solution to control their connected cars remotely through an app on their smartphones. Using the app, customers can lock and unlock a vehicle remotely, manage teenage driving through parental controls, check car health reports, use in-car Wi-Fi and access other features.
Autonet currently works with Chrysler Fiat Automobiles, General Motors, Maserati, Subaru and other major car brands. The company offers car makers over-the-air updates and vehicle diagnostics as part of its solution.
Separately, AT&T announced an upgrade to its Audiovox Car Connection Elite product and said the new features are designed to increase safety and convenience. The updated version of the product will be available later this month from AT&T.
Customers who already have the Audiovox Car Connection Elite device can upgrade to the new Car Connection 2.0 solution by downloading the upgraded app to their smartphone. New customers can purchase the plug-in device for $99 plus will need to pay $10 per month for an AT&T data plan.
Some of the new features of the product include the ability for parents to monitor a teenager's driving behavior with driver scoring. The app then delivers these scores based on driving habits and parents can set up special zones where a vehicle is allowed to go.
Another feature is that the app can quickly locate a car, say in a crowded parking lot, with the vehicle location service. Users can also receive notifications to check engine lights, battery status and hundreds of other vehicle functions.
AT&T activated 800,000 connected cars on its network in the fourth quarter of 2014. The carrier expects to have at least 50 percent market share of new connected cars in 2015. GM CFO Chuck Stevens said at an investor conference this week that the company expects to report around $350 million in profit during the next three years thanks to its partnership with AT&T to bring LTE to its cars.
- see this AT&T release on Autonet
- see this AT&T blog post
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