Our smartphones and tablets come with data plans which allows us to be connected while on the go (assuming we have network coverage), so why shouldn’t vehicles in the future come with data plans as well? With car infotainment systems starting to feature more integration with our smartphones, we wouldn’t be surprised if sending emails, checking Facebook, sending out tweets and surfing the web become commonplace and an expected feature of the car, much like radio systems. That being said, if you’re looking for a connected car in the future, Verizon may very well be your car’s network provider.
Verizon has recently announced a $612 million cash deal in which they will be buying Atlanta-based Hughes Telematics, a TSP (Telematics Service Provider) which is to your car what your ISP is to your home/work computers. Naming manufacturers like Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz as some of its customers. So the next time you walk into your Verizon retail store, don’t be surprised if they try to up sell you data plans for your car as well!Related articles: