Wireless provider Sprint is moving into communication and entertainment systems for vehicles, and it’s bringing Airbiquity along for the ride.
Sprint will make the Velocity system available to automakers, aiming to make it easier for them to integrate communications and information services into cars and trucks — including music, news, weather and other types of content.
It’s an important milestone for the industry for a large mobile network operator, Sprint, to move into the area of connected vehicles, says Leo McCloskey, vice president of marketing for Airbiquity. Over time, he said, the partnership should result in Airbiquity’s technology being more widely deployed and more effectively positioned.
Airbiquity’s existing customers include Shell, Bosch, BMW, Ford, Motorola and others. Financial terms of Airbiquity’s deal with Sprint weren’t disclosed.