Autonet Mobile, the first Internet-based telematics andapplications service platform provider for the automotive transportationindustry, today announced it will be deploying a 4G-enabled Telematics ControlUnit (TCU) to enhance its connected car offering. Autonet’s first-to-market 4GTCU is built to be automotive grade, and is embedded directly in the vehicle’sCAN bus system. The new platform supports the company’s numerous mobileapplications with faster network speeds and allows car manufacturers to easilyintegrate their own applications with Autonet’s open architecture.
The TCU is built on Autonet’s proven TRU Technology,which manages the network and applications in the vehicle to provide seamlessconnectivity in-motion, and reliable and secure network access. TRU Technologyprovides the most reliable IP connectivity to vehicles possible; with theaddition of 4G services, it is also the fastest. Automotive manufactures canembed the device in their cars to bring high-speed mobile networking todrivers. Autonet currently has partnerships with Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Fiat,Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, GM, and Subaru.
“Our new 4G TCU technology will open up a whole newworld of applications and services to the vehicle that will enhance both thedriver’s and car manufacturer’s experience,” said Doug Moeller, co-founderand chief technology officer of Autonet Mobile. “Drivers are alreadytaking advantage of our diverse group of mobile applications, and this newversion of our TCU will provide the first-ever 4G speeds for in-carconnectivity in the automotive industry, so drivers can better monitor andcommunicate with their vehicles in a broad and safe manner.”
With the new 4G enhancement, Autonet will provide fasterand more efficient speeds to its mobile applications. The apps available todrivers include:
— Find My Car: Drivers can locate their vehicleanytime, anywhere, and see
a historyof where their car has been.
— Geo Zones: Allows drivers to define virtualgeographical areas to make
sure theirvehicles follow approved routes and receive notifications if
vehiclestravel outside the designated zone.
— Speed Tracker: Drivers can define a maximumspeed that their vehicle
should betraveling and receive notifications when maximum speed is
— Parental Controls: Allows parents to monitortheir teens’ driving habits
throughfeatures such as call/text blocking, speed alerts, driving
zones,check-ins/arrivals, and seat belt alerts.
— Valet Mode: Track and be alerted if a valetis using your vehicle
— WiFi Hotspot: Turns drivers’ vehicles into ahigh-speed mobile WiFi
Autonet’s 4G TCU is available for demonstrationimmediately. It will be broadly available during the fall of 2014. For moreinformation visit www.autonetmobile.com.
About Autonet Mobile
Autonet Mobile is one of the first Internet-basedtelematics and app service providers designed for your vehicle. Founded in2005, and based on a technology platform designed to maintain wirelessconnectivity to vehicles in motion, Autonet Mobile works in direct partnershipwith several of the world’s largest OE automotive manufacturers. For moreinformation, please visit www.autonetmobile.com.