Published: August 10, 2016 | Stamford, US
HARMAN International has joined hands with AT&T to support the growing connected car ecosystem. The two companies have come together to expand their products and services in the domain of automotive telematics. AT&T selected HARMAN’s Telematics Control Unit (TCU) for its Mobile Broadband Accelerator program. The program streamlines AT&T’s certification process to ensure that new products and services reach customers more quickly.
HARMAN’s TCU is an integrated on-board telematics and infotainment unit that connects automotive systems to the cloud. It offers high-speed connectivity for fast, automotive-grade connectivity backed by industry-leading security. The company’s TCU solution continues the company’s track record of introducing industry-first connected car solutions that enable greater power, productivity and personalization, including enabling GSM, GPS, Wi-Fi Hotspots and LTE network connectivity.
Phil Eyler, executive vice president and president, Connected Car, HARMAN, said:
Connectivity is the backbone for tomorrow’s increasingly autonomous vehicles. They may run without fuel, but they will not run without connectivity. HARMAN’s work with AT&T reflects a shared goal and a mutual commitment to developing next-generation connected car systems that enhance the driving experience.
Already active in the connected car space, HARMAN also offers 3D and augmented navigation, multimedia support and smart apps for device integration, high speed connectivity, intuitive and multi-modal user interfaces, and a new generation of automotive cloud services. HARMAN is developing a complete range of connected safety offerings that help drivers keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
Cameron Coursey, vice president of Product Development – Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T, said:
Our aim is to accelerate and simplify the ability for equipment manufacturers to deliver advanced connected car experiences. Our Mobile Broadband Accelerator Program combined with HARMAN’s TCU solution helps us do just that.
AT&T is working to meet the needs of a growing number of tech savvy car owners looking for services that improve the driving experience. We launched two major initiatives to lead innovation in the connected car market. The company was the first major wireless carrier to launch a global SIM platform for cars. This platform lets automotive, individuals and Internet of Things equipment makers use a single carrier to wirelessly connect products across the globe.