HARMAN International Industries, which is one of the leading players in the field of connected technologies for the automotive aftermarket has announced that it will be working with AT&T to support the growing connected car ecosystem with hardware and software telematics.
AT&T has chosen to work with HARMAN’s Telematics Control Unit (TCU) for its Mobile Broadband Accelerator program. The program will expedite AT&T’s certification process in order to help new products and services to reach customers more quickly.
HARMAN’s industry-leading TCU is an integrated on-board telematics and infotainment unit that can be used to connect automotive systems to the cloud. Thus, it offers motorists offers high-speed connectivity that is supported by industry-leading security.
According to Phil Eyler, executive vice president and president, Connected Car, HARMAN connectivity plays a crucial role for the increasingly autonomous vehicles that will be seen on the roads in the near future. Though cars may eventually run without fuel, they will need connectivity. HARMAN’s partnership with AT&T reflects the shared goal and mutual commitment of both companies to developing next-generation connected car systems that will significantly enhance the driving experience.
HARMAN’s TCU solution continues the company’s track record of introducing cutting-edge connected car solutions that will allow for more power, better productivity and personalization, including enabling GSM, GPS, Wi-Fi Hotspots and LTE network connectivity.
Cameron Coursey, vice president of Product Development – Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T said that the company’s aim is to accelerate and simplify the ability for equipment manufacturers to deliver advanced connected car experiences. AT&T’s Mobile Broadband Accelerator Program when combined with HARMAN’s TCU solution will helps the company to do just that.
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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