Volvo's 2015 cars to be connected with AT&T LTE

Volvo S60
By Derek Kessler on 16 Apr 2014 11:27 am

AT&T's been making signing up automakers left and right in recent months, netting bothAudi and General Motors for their connected automobile solutions. And now they can add Volvo to the mix.

As announced today, Volvo and AT&T have entered into a multi-year agreement that will see Volvo's cars in the 2015 model year equipped with Volvo's Sensus Connect infotainment system gaining LTE radios to hook into AT&T's network. The system will work in both the US and Canada. Volvo Sensus Connect will work with Volvo On Call emergency services and connect to the internet for search data and music streaming.

No pricing was announced, though there are two possible tracks they could take: either, as with Audi, the service is purchased in unlimited quantities for multi-month packages (Audi charging $99 for 6 months on up to $499 for 30 months), or as GM has done and simply have users add their car to their existing AT&T data bucket (or sign up for AT&T service just for their car).

Press release:

Volvo Cars and AT&T Enter Multi-Year Agreement to Connect Future Models in U.S. and Canada

DALLAS, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* and Volvo Cars, both leaders in connected cars, have entered into a new multi-year agreement to enable future Volvo vehicles in the U.S. and Canada with high speed wireless connectivity.

AT&T is scheduled to power Volvo's US 2015 model year connected car solution with Sensus Connect, an embedded infotainment service. Volvo customers in the U.S. and Canada will also have access to Volvo On Call, a service allowing remote access to car functions and an emergency crash notification service. Volvo plans to enable cars with AT&T on-board for sale this summer.

As a telematics leader, AT&T already provides a variety of vehicle solutions to automobile manufacturers around the world. Volvo's solution incorporates AT&T's Single SIM platform to provide coverage in the U.S. and Canada.

The Single SIM, along with a world-class service management platform, AT&T Control Center powered by Jasper Wireless, arms Volvo with the ability to manage wireless device deployment and operations across markets with advanced diagnostic tools and smart alerting.

"We expect Volvo customers will be delighted to have these services on board, and we're committed to working with Volvo Cars to give their customers a unique and valuable service," said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, Emerging Devices, AT&T Mobility. "Our Single SIM will make it easy for Volvo customers to have high speed wireless connectivity in the U.S. and Canada."

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