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Volvo Taps AT&T For New Connected Cars

by Todd Haselton | April 16, 2014April 16, 2014 8:00 am PST


AT&T announced on Wednesday that it has entered into a multi-year partnership with Volvo to power the automaker’s connected cars in the United States and Canada. AT&T will provide data services to Volvo’s 2015 cars and will help power an embedded infotainment system called Sensus Connect.

The automaker’s cars will use a single SIM platform and will provide drivers with remote access to some of the car’s functions, presumably through a smartphone or tablet, through software called Volvo On Call. The software also features an “emergency crash notification” system, AT&T said. Sensus, the aforementioned Volvo in-car infotainment system, already provides access to the Internet and apps like Spotify and TuneIn radio.

AT&T told TechnoBuffalo that Volvo cars will run on its HSPA+ data network, instead of its newer and faster 4G LTE network. Neither Volvo nor AT&T detailed which cars will start to ship with connectivity first. The first Volvo vehicles with connectivity are set to debut this summer, however.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...