AT&T will provide mobile service to Ford vehicles

AT&T will use its LTE network to power Ford’s SYNC Connect app. AT&T has been searching for new growth areas also in video and mobile broadband services.

AT&T Ford mobile servicesAT&T Inc. will provide its fastest mobile service to Ford Motor Co. vehicles, starting with the Escape, as the company expands in the connected-car market.

AT&T will use its LTE network to power Ford’s SYNC Connect app for Escapes set to be released this spring, with other models to follow. Drivers will be able to use their phones to lock and unlock car doors, check fuel levels and locate where they parked. The service is free for five years though doesn’t include Wi-Fi access.

The connected car is part of AT&T’s push to boost revenue by connecting more machines and sensors, the so-called Internet of Things. With wireless rivals like T-Mobile US Inc. taking subscribers and squeezing margins, AT&T has been searching for new growth areas also in video and mobile broadband services.

Ford’s exclusive wireless provider is AT&T, though the carrier also supplies services to other automakers suche as BMW AG to enable Wi-Fi hotspots in BMW 7 Series cars.