Japanese telco, DoCoMo, has become the latest in a growing list of operators to secure a machine-to-machine (M2M) deal with electric car maker Tesla.
The Japanese operator will provide telematics, navigation, mobile communications, and in-car entertainment to drivers of Tesla’s Model S saloon car when it goes on sale this summer.
“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,” said DoCoMo, in a statement on Tuesday. “DoCoMo is expanding its involvement with in-car infotainment telematics and intelligent transport systems that motoring subscribers will use for smarter, more convenient lives.”
Keen to offer a consistent customer experience in all the markets where its cars are sold, Tesla has been busy partnering with multinational operators for M2M services.
In April, Telefonica secured a contract to provide connectivity to Tesla vehicles in Germany, Spain and the U.K., and in the Netherlands using KPN’s network. And in November, TeliaSonera won a similar deal covering Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia and Sweden.