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CES 2016: AT&T expands 4G/LTE connected car agreement with Ford & BMW in Americas

Published: January 07, 2016 | Las Vegas, NV

10 million Ford SYNC vehicles will get 4G/LTE by 2020

Ford and AT&T are planning to connect more than 10 million customers to Ford SYNC with high-speed 4G/LTE connectivity. AT&T network service has been a standard feature in all Ford plug-in electric vehicles, including Ford Focus Electric, Fusion Energi and C-MAX Energi.

Ford was the first U.S.-based automaker to build AT&T network service into its cars in 2011 with the introduction of MyFord® Mobile – a smartphone and Web-based connected experience that enables electric vehicle owners to remotely connect their smartphone with the car to manage charging.

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SYNC Connect, Ford’s new high-speed connectivity technology, adds levels of convenience to SYNC, the industry-leading in-car entertainment and communications system. Ford is introducing SYNC Connect in the United States and Canada this spring in the new Escape.
SYNC Connect plays a key role in Ford’s connectivity strategy as part of Ford Smart Mobility, the plan to take Ford to the next level in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics.It debuts this spring on the new Ford Escape. After the initial rollout in North America, SYNC Connect is launching in global markets, adding another 10 million connected vehicles by 2020.
Extended agreement with BMW
AT&T is continuing to bring high speed internet to BMW vehicles in North America as a part of an extended multi-year exclusive agreement. Since 2008, AT&T has powered BMW’s ConnectedDrive services and apps. Through a new agreement, we also will connect BMW “infotainment” features such as a Wi-Fi hot spot.

Beginning with the all-new BMW 7 Series, BMW customers now have the option of a Wi-Fi hot spot powered by AT&T’s 4G LTE network. The Wi-Fi hot spot can be easily accessed through a device such as a smartphone or tablet, which is automatically directed to AT&T’s new online Wi-Fi portal, powered by Ericsson.  In the portal, users can activate a free Wi-Fi hot spot trial, buy a data session for their vehicle and manage their Wi-Fi account.

AT&T is focused on serving the growing number of tech savvy car owners looking for services that improve the driving experience. According to a recent study by AT&T and Ericsson, three out of four consumers consider connected car services an important feature in their next car purchase.
Source: AT&T
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