Telefonica to Provide M2M Connectivity for Tesla Cars Across Europe
Published on: 2nd Apr 2014
Telefonica has announced an agreement with the electric car manufacturer Tesla to provide Machine To Machine (M2M) connectivity for the Tesla Model S in Europe.
Telefonica and its M2M World Alliance partners will provide connectivity for Model S across multiple countries in Europe, including in Germany and the United Kingdom on Telefonica's O2 network, in Spain on Movistar, and in the Netherlands on KPN.
Telefonica's global M2M solution - powered by Jasper - will enable connectivity for Tesla's in-car infotainment telematics including navigation, online music, and internet browsing, and remote vehicle diagnostics that relay information about the car's safety, security and performance to the driver and Tesla service in real time.
The agreement, which establishes Telefonica as Tesla's largest European connectivity partner, is supported by KPN in the Netherlands and Belgium as part of the M2M World Alliance, simplifying Tesla's deployment of connected cars.
The Connected Car market will achieve mass-market penetration in the next few years. The number of vehicles with built-in connectivity will increase from 10 per cent of the overall market today to 90 per cent by 2020, according to the Telefonica Connected Car Industry 2013 report, which features contributions from eight of the world's largest car manufacturers.