The Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model S and Model X are all set to get a speedier wireless internet connectivity as the auto maker has entered into a new deal with AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), says a report from Edmunds. The California-based electric car manufacturer continues selling Model S, and is planning to launch Model X deliveries towards the end of fiscal 2014.
Better connectivity opens host of new features
Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, said in a statement, "AT&T's advanced and reliable wireless connectivity will help Tesla continue to deliver a cutting-edge ownership experience."
Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) entered into a deal with AT&T under which the network carrier company will provide wireless broadband access to Tesla vehicles. As of now, the electronic vehicle manufacturer has not revealed the incremental cost after getting the new connectivity features from AT&T included.
The AT&T connectivity would power Tesla's remote engine diagnostics, telematics and infotainment features, including Internet radio, Web browsing, live traffic, weather and navigation; all accessed through Tesla's 17-inch touchscreen display.
“Tesla’s goal has always been to catalyze the market for electric vehicles for all consumers while providing an exceptional driving experience,” said Elon Musk. Musk added that Tesla would be able to offer a nice experience to its customers with advanced and steadfast wireless connectivity.
Popularity of high speed connectivity rising
Recently, the cars with high speed internet connectivity have gained major traction in the market. Automobile makers like General Motors announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that its Chevrolet brand would be equipped with the OnStar 4G LTE connections running on the AT&T network.
These high speed connections allow users to get high speed data making the car a mobile hub. Also, the car will offer customers the ability to access apps and services that require a high speed cellular or data connection.
Tesla expanding Supercharger network
The electronic vehicle manufacturer is also making substantial efforts to expand its supercharger network. Recently, Tesla announced that it would install four supercharging units in Lusk, Wyoming. Tesla is in the process of building its first coast-to-coast network of quick – charge stations.
The supercharger network would provide better facilities and convenience to customers all over the country. These stations offer free of cost charging to Tesla owners. Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) opened its first supercharger station in New York last month. Currently there are over 48 superchargers in the United States and the majority of them are in the West coast.