Volvo picks AT&T for connectivity in new cars
AT&T’s single SIM platform will power Volvo’s in-car solution called Sensus Connect beginning with model year 2015 vehicles sold in the US and Canada. Sensus Connect is an infotainment platform which uses technology from Ericsson.
Sensus Connect will operate on AT&T’s HSPA+ network which is a bit of a surprise given the push being made for LTE service in the US. In addition to telematics data that can be gathered, the automaker will offer Volvo On Call which allows for remote access and emergency crash notifications. Sensus Connect can also turn the car into a mobile hotspot which is sure to be a hit with the kids in the backseat.
AT&T’s Single SIM platform allows automakers to use the same equipment allowing for access in over 200 markets without having to set-up separate service agreements. There was no announcement made about how much Volvo may charge customers for connectivity, but similar services usually cost between $200-300 per year, plus the cost of usage.
source: Light Reading
1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5530; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Volvo is so far behind the power curve of technology. Notice they went with AT&T's HSPA+ network. That speaks volumes in and of itself. BMW was fielding native iPod/IPhone support approximately 2 years before Volvo got around to doing the same.
Volvo makes some great cars, but their in-car entertainment is lagging.