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Telstra and Tesla to partner in Australia

telstralogo1Australia’s largest telecommunications and media company, Telstra, and electric vehicle manufacturer, Tesla Motors, have entered into an agreement to provide machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity for the auto OEM’s Model S car in Australia.

Telstra will provide mobile connectivity to power multiple state-of-the art features in the Model S including the infotainment and remote diagnostics systems.

John Chambers, Executive Director of Telstra Mobile, said of the announcement that:

“Increasingly technology is becoming top of mind for Australians choosing new cars, and by 2025 we expect 90 per cent of new vehicles sold in Australia will come ready to connect to a mobile network. We’re really pleased to be working with Tesla to showcase what the future holds for Australian motorists by providing connectivity for the Model S in Australia.”

“Our network will enable Tesla Model S owners to access live information via the Model S’s giant 17-inch touch screen that controls everything from the suspension, to the climate control through to the sun roof. Drivers and passengers will be able to use the Telstra network to stream music, pull up high-detail maps and navigation, and access near real-time traffic updates.”

Mr Chambers said the Telstra Mobile Network would also make it possible for Model S owners to use a special app to remotely control features in their vehicle. Using the Tesla app, owners will be able to check the progress of their vehicle’s charge, turn on air-conditioning remotely, unlock doors without using a key and more.

In addition to providing drivers with near real-time information about their vehicle, Telstra will also connect the remote engine diagnostics system that can relay information about the car’s performance to Tesla service staff. Remote diagnosis will mean that Tesla will be able to determine the problem  and offer a solution without necessarily having direct access to the car.

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