AT&T Adds More than 2M Connected Cars Totaling 24M /Ultimate Mobile Devices with Blockchain

AT&T announced how far AT&T has traveled in the connected car space since  they connected their first cars in 2008 and . The company boasts 42 Million connected cars, connected car unlimited plans in 2017 consumed more than 45 million gigabytes of data. The company has connections with twenty-nine automotive brands. AT&T is now seeding the  technology for 5G, autonomous cars for V2X and V2C.

AT&T notes that cars are the ultimate mobile device. Sensors are sharing data that improve vehicle maintenance, enhance safety and help check insurance rates. Now we’re on the cusp of the next chapter that will be transformative – and connectivity will play an essential role. AT&T is working with car manufacturers to put the pieces in place for totally automated cars that will make the roadways safer and more efficient, reduce traffic and give us more time for living. And 5G will open the door to new business models and new experiences.

AT&T was the first telecom company to open a connected car research and innovation center. they opened the AT&T Drive Studio in Atlanta in 2012 to promote safety, improve vehicle efficiencies and improve the driver and passenger experience. The site hosted more than 10,000 visitors.

In the 3rd quarter of this year, AT&T added more than 2 million connected cars to the AT&T network for a total of nearly 24 million on our network. That’s more than 1 million connected cars added for the past 14 consecutive quarters.

AT&T connected more than 3 million fleet vehicles as of the 3rd quarter of 2018 – meeting the needs of small business, enterprise and government customers – and preparing for the massive data-driven transformation of an industry that serves as the backbone of our country.

AT&T now has relationships with 29 top global brands: Airstream, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Freightliner, GMC, Honda, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Navistar, Nissan, Opel, Porsche, Ram, Skoda, Subaru, Tesla, Vauxhall, Volvo and VW.

Working with mobile carrier members of the Bridge Alliance in Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, AT&T is helping automotive manufacturers access nearly 30% of the world’s population for connected car features such as Wi-Fi hotspots, internet radio and live traffic.

AT&T is teaming with Nokia and its Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING) brings more capabilities to more places with increased performance and flexibility, lower latency, and enhanced platform capabilities. Cars will be able to travel across borders and networks with a single global SIM without missing beat. Our cloud-based Multi-Network Connect platform will simplify connectivity and platform capabilities for AT&T’s use of Nokia WING.

AT&T and Volvo Cars have entered into an agreement to provide high-speed wireless connectivity for Volvo cars on a global scale. AT&T will enable data communication for Volvo’s infotainment service through its own network and carrier agreements. New services include Wi-Fi hotspots, which AT&T already provides in the U.S. and Canada.

AT&T enables implementation of the new GLONASS eCall public emergency response system for Audi and Skoda vehicles manufactured for Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan

AT&T is serving in leadership positions across the industry, joining with other tech leaders to resolve key standards issues. This includes 5GAA, a cross-industry association between the cellular and automotive industries, the Automotive Edge Computing Consortium  of automotive, information technology, telecommunications, and cloud computing sectors, and the Auto-ISAC for automotive cybersecurity information sharing.

AT&T plans to build a unique dedicated test network at ACM that will provide ACM customers the flexibility and tools to be able to test and validate cellular technologies including 4G LTE and 5G that are critical to the development of automated driving.AT&T is working with Ford, Qualcomm and Nokia to use Cellular Vehicle-to- Everything (C-V2X) technology along with our 4G LTE network, and eventually, 5G, to improve safety and traffic efficiency on the nation’s roadways. This work taps Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) technology to share data among transportation endpoints such as cars, bikes and pedestrians.

AT&T completed a proof of concept with Ericsson to explore a potential blockchain solution that would provide additional security to vehicles through the validation of the device firmware or software. This would be coupled with other security solutions to provide end-to-end security of the vehicle ecosystem.

Security solutions like this will play a critical role in driving widespread adoption of connected and automated vehicles.

AT&T is  making it possible to turn most model year 1996 vehicles and newer cars into a whole new ride with HARMAN Spark. We’ve provided various after-market devices over the years. HARMAN Spark is the first to offer both advanced connected car services and Wi-Fi Hotspot all in one.

This fall, AT&T passed the milestone of 1 million customers in the U.S. and Canada for retail Wi-Fi data plans for vehicles across its portfolio of global brands.Unlimited plans are popular. Since the introduction of connected car unlimited plans in 2017,  subscribers have used more than 45 million gigabytes of data. That’s enough for more than 100 million hours of streaming video.

AT&T’s Global SIM provides IoT connectivity across 500 carriers and 200+ countries and territories. AT&T connects cars in 57 countries, including 12 where we enable infotainment through Wi-Fi hotspots.