AT&T self-driving, V2X and connected car news

AT&T is investing in autonomous and connected cars.  The company will provide wireless 4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity for North American Honda owners. It is working with Ford, Delphi and the American Center for Mobility.

AT&T Wirless 4G LTE for Honda

AT&T and American Honda Motor, Co. Inc. are bringing 4G LTE connectivity to Honda vehicles in the U.S. and Canada. This is a part of an exclusive multi-year agreement.

AT&T will connect Honda vehicles with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity. The AT&T 4G LTE network will connect HondaLink apps and services for vehicles, including navigation, streaming radio, diagnostics and remote lock/unlock.

AT&T, Delphi & Ford V2X

AT&T, Delphi and Ford are developing a new capability to enhance Vehicle-to-Anything (V2X) communications. The platform is designed to help vehicles “talk” with each other and smart cities infrastructure to improve safety and vehicle security, reduce traffic congestion, save money and protect the environment.

These companies are laying the foundation for the next generation of urban planning and safer driving. In the future, autonomous vehicles will interact with connected traffic lights, roadside monitors, signage, and almost anything surrounding them.

The research developed jointly by AT&T, Delphi and Ford can monitor traffic conditions and notify drivers over the AT&T LTE network to approaching vehicles and events. Think events like airbag deployments, vehicle collisions, hazardous road conditions, bad weather and wrong-way driving. The result will be fewer accidents and safer driving.

Through the V2X platform, the nationwide AT&T LTE network would extend the range of DSRC communications. The platform uses the network to send notifications and updates for security credential management to each vehicle.

AT&T & American Center for Mobility

AT&T is teaming with the American Center for Mobility to speed the development of self-driving vehicles. The American Center for Mobility¬†will be a test bed for Vehicle-to-Anything (V2X) and connected and automated vehicle (CAV) solutions. We’ll try out and validate the interoperability of connected car and smart city solutions, helping to ensure they can “talk” to each other as well as their surroundings. And we’ll do it alongside other industry leaders, government and academia.

As the exclusive cellular network provider, AT&T willprovide the Center with the network resources and Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure needed to advance driverless technologies.

Based at the historic Willow Run site in Ypsilanti Township, Mich., the 335-plus acre facility will equip us and others with the ability to evaluate and test the interoperability of new technologies and services that will support CAVs.

Opportunities include:

  • Enhancing network security and connecting roadways, railroad crossings and more to better enable vehicles to “talk with” their surroundings
  • Connecting self-driving technologies like lane keep assist, intersection assist, automatic braking and automatic windshield wipers to the network to make them smarter
  • Trialing new LTE and network technologies within the CAV ecosystem.