Modules provide cellular connectivity for automotive vehicles

14th July 2016
Posted By : Daisy Stapley-Bunten
Modules provide cellular connectivity for automotive vehicles

It has been announced by Sierra Wireless that PATEO has selected Sierra Wireless AirPrime AR series modules to enable cellular connectivity for its telematics units being installed in automotive vehicles for the China market. The automotive-grade AR series embedded modules began shipping to PATEO in Q1 2016, and the first deployment of their telematics units is in Geely’s vehicle platforms.

“Sierra Wireless provides us with a leading-edge automotive connectivity solution that is easily scalable across 2G, 3G, and 4G technologies,” said Chris Ying, VP of PATEO Connected Cars. “The AR Series provides us with a full automotive-grade module and an open-source embedded platform for application services, offering a complete solution to support our vision to develop innovative technology for connected cars in the future.”

Based in Shanghai, PATEO is a  provider of products and services for connected cars in China, specialising in telematics and infotainment systems. It has captured a significant market share in self-owned, joint venture and luxury brand markets in China. Geely is a Chinese automotive company with more than 30 vehicle models and a global sales and service in more than 40 countries. Geely also owns the Swedish passenger car maker Volvo Car Group, which it acquired in 2010.

“The AR Series modules with the Legato embedded software application platform provides an advanced automotive solution for next generation vehicles,” said Dan Schieler, SVP & GM of OEM Solutions for Sierra Wireless. “We are pleased to collaborate with PATEO and look forward to working closely with them on their cellular connectivity requirements.”

The Sierra Wireless AR series embedded modules are integrated with Legato software, a Linux-based embedded platform designed to simplify application development and enable automotive OEMs to develop new connected car services. In addition to the flexible hardware design, the AirPrime AR Series firmware is designed to be future-proof as well. Using Sierra Wireless’ cloud-based platform, customers can easily upgrade device firmware over-the-air for thousands or even millions of deployed devices at a time.

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