AT&T and Vodafone Partner to Drive IoT Connectivity in Auto Industry

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AT&T and Vodafone Business integrate telematics and electronic systems into complex vehicles, at the point of manufacturing as well as beyond

semiconductorAT&T, the world’s largest telecommunications company, is working with Vodafone Business, the enterprise arm of Vodafone, to speed up Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity and innovation in the automotive sector.

The two businesses will bring together their expertise to create superior and reliable connected car solutions and experiences for their customers across the continents of Africa, North America and Europe.

Commenting on the alliance, Chris Penrose, President, IoT Solutions, AT&T, said, “This alliance with Vodafone Business is a natural extension of our existing relationship. We each have rich experience in connected vehicle technology. By working together, we can innovate faster and help our global customers bring connectivity, entertainment and telematics to more vehicles across our respective footprints.”

Benefit for automotive manufacturers

Stefano Gastaut, IoT Director, Vodafone Business, said, “Our work with AT&T will benefit automotive manufacturers and their customers around the world as we simplify processes and provide a consistent experience to accelerate IoT adoption in this fast-moving market.

Gastaut further said, “As technology complexity increases, this is the right time to make technology adoption easier for the automotive industry to help them achieve their business outcomes. This is the goal of this alliance.”

The companies offer connected car solutions and products for the automotive industry as well as fleet and insurance industries. The companies integrate telematics and electronic systems into complex vehicles, at the point of manufacturing as well as beyond.

Focus areas

The two companies will focus on several areas. These include:

  • 5G and autonomous vehicle technology
  • V2X capabilities (vehicle-to-everything)
  • In-vehicle entertainment
  • Connected car applications and services
  • Global service quality models
  • Connected car/smart cities intersection

AT&T and Vodafone Business bring over five decades of experience in the automotive industry. The companies collectively work with at least 50 international automotive brands and connect over 43 million cars and trucks on the road currently.

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