ATX Launches iRoute App for Smartphones

Telematics services provider ATX Group announced yesterday it has launched a downloadable application that extends access for connected vehicle services to vehicle owners' smartphones.The app, dubbed iRoute, is available at no charge for Mercedes-Benz owners in the U.S. who subscribe to ATX's Connected Vehicle Service and own vehicles equipped with embedded Tele Aid telematics hardware.

According to ATX specialists, by accessing the iRoute app, drivers are linked to ATX to perform point of interest (POI) searches that can then be sent to their vehicle's navigation system to remotely unlock the doors of  their vehicle, or to call for roadside assistance.

"Smartphones offer additional convenience to vehicle owners to experience connected vehicle and roadside assistance services that our companies provide,"
said Tom Metzger, ATX senior vice president of Sales and Account Management. "By maintaining a collaborative center of excellence in user interface and handset application development, we look to continually enhance the user experience with our services and accelerate our delivery time to market."  

In order to get the iRoute app, ATX subscribers can download it from the iTunes App Store to their iPhone and complete the registration. The app is compatible with iPhone 3G and 3GS.

“No modifications are required to the subscriber's vehicle or account. The application is designed with an intuitive user interface and the same high level of security and authentication that ATX implements with all of its services to automakers, ensuring there is no risk to the in-vehicle electronics operating vehicle performance and safety systems,”
a company statement reads.
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