TeliaSonera has announced it is to provide connectivity for Tesla Motors’ Model S electric vehicle in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia and Latvia.
Tesla has made a name for itself in the electric vehicles field since 2003 when it was set up by a group of Silicon Valley engineers.
The US-based manufacturer’s award-winning Model S features connected services including remote vehicle diagnostics, internet radio and web browsing via a 17” touchscreen.
TeliaSonera’s Global M2M Services division will supply mobile connectivity to both the driver and Tesla service staff in real time.
The driver, for example, is informed through the touchscreen when the car needs a service, while Tesla service staff is remotely informed about potential issues and part needs ahead of a service visit.
Maintenance of the Model S is further improved by frequent remote upgrades to the car’s software.
“Tesla’s Model S demonstrates that connected cars provide an improved driving experience and more cost efficient cars by smart maintenance and management of connectivity,” commented Hans Dahlberg, Head of TeliaSonera Global M2M Services.
Operators are increasingly looking at the automotive industry for M2M partners.
In September, for example, EE announced it is teaming up with the RAC to embed its SIMs within the UK motoring organisation’s in-car B2B telematics unit.
In June, Vodafone’s head of M2M revealed the operator was in active discussions with a leading car manufacturer about an LTE-connected vehicle.
The UK-based operator revealed in June that its M2M technology is to power India's first connected car as part of a deal with Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles Ltd.