Peiker LTE Car Hotspot and Deutsche Telekom bring Wi-Fi into Sixt hire cars.
Cars long ago made the transition to being rolling communication platforms, and in-vehicle Internet access is now a must for most drivers. To ensure that drivers will not have to go without this convenience in rental cars from SIXT as well in the future, premium automotive manufacturer BMW has teamed up with Deutsche Telekom to implement the BMW ConnectedDrive Hotspot, using the award-winning LTE Car Hotspot from peiker acustic GmbH & Co. KG to do so.
This July marked the start of a pilot project to enable mobile Internet access in rental cars as well as personal vehicles, with a built-in hotspot: The BMW ConnectedDrive Hotspot is available for booking as a free additional option exclusively at Sixt until July 2014. To achieve this, the communications specialists at peiker will be equipping about 3,300 BMW vehicle models from car rental company Sixt with the company’s LTE Car Hotspot by 2014. These hotspots are connected with the Deutsche Telekom network, so they can perform the functions of a commercial Deutsche Telekom hotspot in the rental car.
One major advantage of this solution is that it is simple to integrate into the vehicle: The user does not need to worry about having an individual data contract or a new SIM card. Everything is ready to go – all the driver needs to do is get in and start surfing. Multiple end devices can be used at the same time.
The LTE-capable Car Hotspot, developed for BMW, enables even faster data communication for all Internet-based applications while driving. The innovative LTE Car Hotspot already brought the automotive supplier, which is based in the German state of Hesse, a BMW Supplier Innovation Award in the ConnectedDrive category this year. The owner-operated mid-sized company was able to win out over 15 other nominees in this category.
“We are pleased to partner with our longstanding customer BMW and with two celebrated companies, Deutsche Telekom and Sixt, to bring the fourth generation of mobile Internet into vehicles,” says Reinhard Kromer-von Baerle, Managing Director of peiker.
The service is only available in Germany
Source: Peiker Technology/Tim Cosgrove