Mobile operator NTT DOCOMO has negotiated an agreement with Tesla Motors to provide M2M connectivity and mobile communications support in Japan via the Jasper Wireless Connected Car Cloud platform.
The deal will enable Tesla Model S drivers in Japan to enjoy in-car telematics for navigation using high-resolution maps, online music such as on-demand Internet radio, and much more via the vehicle's 17-inch touchscreen.
Part of the reason Tesla chose DOCOMO was that it was particularly impressed with its enterprise-tailored M2M platform, which is provided by Jasper Wireless though its Connected Car Cloud.
Tesla selected DOCOMO after favourably evaluating its mobile network infrastructure's stable, extra-wide availability, including in downtown areas with skyscrapers and in mountainous regions, and extensive support for corporate customers.
Tesla also was particularly impressed with DOCOMO's enterprise-tailored M2M platform, as it allows centralised management of M2M communications both in Japan and overseas.
Jasper Wireless has also made possible Telefónica’s roll out with Tesla and its M2M world alliance partners across major European markets, which was announced a couple of months ago. Jasper argues these deals act as a great proof points that it is living up to its ability to help businesses ramp up connected services rapidly around the globe.
Jasper also powers connected vehicles for 10 other OEMs worldwide including VW, GM, Ford, Nissan and Audi, working with mobile operator partners like AT&T, O2, KPN, Etisalat, NTT DOCOMO, VimpelCom, SingTel and more.
The delivery of the Tesla Model S, a cutting-edge electric vehicle incorporating Internet of Things (IoT) technology, will begin in Japan this summer.
DOCOMO is expanding its involvement with in-car infotainment telematics and Intelligent Transport Systems that motoring subscribers will use for smarter, more convenient lives.
See also: Telefónica to provide M2M connectivity for Tesla electric vehicles across Europe