Paving the Road to Innovation

The connected car was once just a dream for consumers and automakers around the world. A concept we hoped would become a reality. Now, there are just shy of quarter billion connected cars on the roads.

Complex car innovations spark from simple ideas. Early-stage concepts become widely adopted technologies. These technologies go on to make driving more efficient, our roads safer, and our rides more connected.

But we don’t get there without a little elbow grease, a lot of collaboration and the testing facilities to support.

AT&T Drive Studio
Automakers and telecom companies are investing time, talent and tenacity to further the connected car industry. And we’re carving out dedicated spaces to make it happen.

One example is the AT&T Drive Studio, the first connected car innovation center in the US opened by a wireless carrier. It’s a place where the world’s most innovative companies and developers converge to create the future of connected cars. And the future is in sight.

The Drive Studio is a fully staffed, dynamic environment. Auto companies from all over the globe come together to enhance the driving experience by improving vehicle safety, entertainment and security. We’re also working on voice services, remote vehicle access, smart home integration and more.

Check out this video to learn more.

American Center for Mobility
Beyond the AT&T Drive Studio, we’ve teamed up with the American Center for Mobility to speed the development of self-driving vehicles. Working with the center and its collaborative approach of engaging the automotive ecosystem will give us the space to explore, create, collaborate and safely test driverless technologies for consumer cars and trucks as well as commercial vehicles and equipment.

Opening its doors this December, we’ll serve as the Center’s exclusive cellular network provider through 2020.

A large focus for AT&T at the Drive Studio and the American Center for Mobility is understanding how we can deliver value via to V2X, domestically and internationally. V2X is designed to help vehicles “talk” with each other, the infrastructure around them, cellular networks and even pedestrians. This technology will help improve safety and vehicle security. It may also be used to help reduce traffic congestion, drive route efficiency and protect the environment.

This technology continues to be refined and will likely be coming to both human-driven vehicles and highly automated vehicles in the coming years.

The road ahead
These investments in innovation will allow AT&T to continue to maintain our leadership position and evolve our products and WiFi capabilities to meet industry needs. This also helps ensure that we can keep our consumers connected virtually anywhere.

We’re innovating and collaborating to turn today’s connected car dreams into reality. And as we look to 2018, expanded entertainment options, seamless functionality and more is right at our fingertips.

Brian Greaves is the director of Product Development for AT&T’s Internet of Things organization.

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