Tesla Model S to use O2 for mobile data in the UK
The Model S groups almost all dashboard functions into a 17-inch touch screen display, which features an internet-connected satellite navigation, a web browser, music streaming and a remote diagnostics function which also allows software updates to be downloaded without needing a trip to the dealer.
Communications giant Telefonica will provide the mobile data services for Tesla Motors in several of Europe’s key markets, via O2 in Germany and the United Kingdom, Movistar in Spain and KPN in the Netherlands.
José Luis Gamo, CEO at Telefonica Multinational Solutions, said: ‘As we accelerate our transformation into a digital telco we see lots of opportunities to empower consumers. Connected cars that provide drivers with more information and a better and safer driving experience is a perfect example of this.’
Telefonica’s Connected Car Industry 2013 report, which features contributions from eight of the world’s largest car manufacturers, predicts rapid expansion of internet-enabled on-board systems, from 10% last year to 90% by 2020.
Jimmy Wind, managing director m2m/new business of KPN said: ‘This is a great example of how the M2M World Alliance delivers simple and effective solutions to major multinational customers. We're delighted to work with Telefonica supporting such a prestigious company as Tesla.’
The Tesla Model S will begin deliveries in the UK in the second quarter of 2014, in right-hand drive, and is available for test drives at the Fleet World Fleet Show at Silverstone on the 9th April.