Telefónica to provide M2M connectivity for Tesla electric vehicles across Europe

Connectivity provided by Telefónica and its M2M World Alliance partners will power Tesla’s Model S telematics and infotainment services

Telefónica to provide M2M connectivity for Tesla electric vehicles across Europe

Telefónica has announced an agreement with Tesla, the world’s leading electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer, to provide machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity for the Tesla Model S in Europe.

Telefónica and its M2M World Alliance partners, using the Jasper Wireless Connected Car Cloud solution, will provide connectivity for Model S across multiple countries in Europe, including in Germany and the United Kingdom on Telefónica’s O2 network, in Spain on Movistar, and in the Netherlands on KPN.

Telefónica’s global M2M solution - powered by Jasper - will enable connectivity for Tesla’s industry-leading 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 Tesla Model S, an award winning five-door sedan, was launched in 2012, with deliveries beginning in Europe in 2013. Its state of the art features include remote driver support and a connected infotainment control centre. The 1- inch touchscreen puts rich content at the fingertips of drivers and passengers, seamlessly integrating media, navigation, communications, cabin controls and vehicle data.

The agreement, which establishes Telefónica, 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.

Telefónica’s services offer flexible and reliable connectivity solutions for Model S customers across Europe. The ability of Telefónica and KPN to work together locally will further improve the customer experience by maintaining a smaller pool of suppliers with a common M2M service.

Jose Luis Gamo, CEO at Telefónica Multinational Solutions, said: “As we accelerate our transformation into a digital telco we see lots of opportunities to empower consumers. Connected cars that provide drivers with more information and a better and safer driving experience is a perfect example of this. Tesla is one of the world’s most forward thinking and exciting businesses.

We share their passion for innovation and are thrilled to be working with them to deliver a superb connected in-car experience to Tesla drivers across Europe.”

Peter Carlsson, VP of Supply Chain at Tesla, added: “The full Model S experience requires reliable and flexible connectivity solution. Tesla looks forward to our partnership with Telefonica to provide our European customers with a whole new class of connected car.”

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% of the overall market today to 90% by 2020, according to the Telefónica Connected Car Industry 2013 report, which features contributions from eight of the world’s largest car manufacturers.

Jimmy Wind, managing director m2m/new business of KPN, said: "This is a great example of how the M2M World Alliance delivers simple and effective solutions to major multinational customers. We're delighted to work with Telefónica supporting such a prestigious company as Tesla.”

Jasper’s Connected Car Cloud

Tesla is the first named customer on the M2M World Alliance, which runs on the Jasper platform.The Internet of Things technology is Jasper’s Connected Car Cloud, which also powers connected vehicles for 10 other OEMs worldwide including VW, GM, Ford, Nissan and Audi. 

Designed expressly for automotive OEMs, it handles everything from diagnostics, safety and security to on-board infotainment systems, apps and Wi-Fi hotspot services. It enables highly flexible service business models including split billing. 

Alliance Manager is Jasper’s solution that enables mobile operators to work together around the world, and Jasper Global SIM gives enterprises consistent, seamless connectivity globally. 

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