2/24/2014 | 1 MINUTE READ

AT&T Signs More Companies to Telematics Initiative

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AT&T has added three more companies as partners in its new connected-car "Drive Studio" research facility in Atlanta.

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AT&T has added three more companies as partners in its new connected-car "Drive Studio" research facility in Atlanta.

The 5,000-sq-ft center serves as a hub where carmakers and independent developers can collaboration with AT&T on new telematic services. AT&T's own connected-car modular platform is called Drive. The global system enables carmakers to determine their own array of services and capabilities and deliver them through a AT&T's own high-speed wireless network. the company envisions Drive offering a lengthy menu of voice-controlled apps, safety and security features, wireless customer billing and remote vehicle diagnostics from carmakers and outside developers.

The studio's new sponsors are:

  • Qualcomm Technologies, which will use the facility to showcase its Snapdragon infotainment and telematics system
  • RedBend Software, which will provide technology to remotely manage communication and infotainment software used by vehicles. The company's service is intended to reduce the time and money carmakers would spend to manage the lifecycle of in-vehicle software.
  • QuickPlay Media, which will develop an in-vehicle video service powered by the company's OpenVideo platform and delivered by AT&T Drive
The Drive Studio includes working garage bays, a speech lab, showroom and conference facilities. Its function is to help generate services that can be delivered to vehicles through AT&T's wireless connectivity network. Previously announced partners are Accenture (big-data analytics), Amdocs (billing), Ericsson (global app delivery), Synchronoss (cloud-based network activation) and VoiceBox Technologies (multiple language recognition).