It seems anywhere you look this week AT&T is on the horizon, especially for T-Mobile users. So how about Ford announcing it too will use AT&T’s network for the connectivity part of its upcoming electric Focus?
The gist is both Ford and Nissan will/are using AT&T for the wireless IT infrastructure of their respective electric vehicles, EV, the Focus Electric and the Leaf. What does it mean for users?
Smarting Up The Grids.
The big race outside of car manufacturing is prepping our aging electric infrastructure to handle the demands of EVs. Gone are the day of electricity being carried one way to your door. The national grid is being called upon to carry two-way communications, plus electricity to your home and in some cases to the utility. It’s a herculean task and some utilities are heading of others. It will allow homes to monitor their energy efficiency, which will tie into how you want to allocate the resource to your EV. In order to do all this, making use of a telecommunication company’s network will be crucial.
Keep In Touch.
So why is it important for EV makers to partner with a wireless carrier? EV drivers will be able to remotely monitor their battery pack state. Say you get a call to meet someone in a few hours, an app on your iPhone or Droid phone will allow you to recharge, if needs be, on the spot. Imagine you are driving and running low on energy, another app will help you find the nearest EV charging stations. Say you are experiencing a congested highway, an app will show you alternative routes. How about that customer support service if you have a problem on the road? An app could easily handle this, much in the same way GM’s OnStar works. The slew of future functionality is far and wide, only awaiting coders to write apps, matched with appropriate services.
One thing that will be interested to see is user usage of monitoring their Facebook status will driving. Hopefully, such features will be turned off when the car is moving, or the driver’s both hands are not on the wheel. How about tweeting about the latest traffic development on your road. That one alone stands to revolutionize, with a little creative work, how cities could handle traffic. Voice to Twitter, has anyone produced this app yet?
The big winner is AT&T in this instance who is trying to pave the road for a T-Mobile purchase. It would add an extra 30% capacity increase which will come in handy as more and more EVs demand on the spot connectivity. Just one question? Verizon, can you hear them now?