AT&T Revs Up Auto-Industry Push With Service Called Drive

AT&T Inc. (T), looking to fuel growth by expanding into the auto industry, is introducing a package of services and products that will let carmakers run diagnostics, sell applications and bill consumers wirelessly.
AT&T Drive combines the carrier’s own services with offerings from partners such as Ericsson AB and VoiceBox Technologies Corp. The technology, which is being unveiled at the AT&T Developer Summit in Las Vegas, will build on the company’s existing connected-car effort by making the services faster and easier to deliver, said Chris Penrose, senior vice president for emerging devices at Dallas-based AT&T.