GM will make each of its cars an Internet hotspot

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 26, 2013

General Motors has unveiled a wide-ranging global strategy to offer a new generation of connected cars and trucks with embedded 4G LTE mobile broadband -- the biggest deployment in the automotive industry so far. The 4G LTE will be appearing first on majority of the 2015 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac models that will be offered in 2014 in the U.S. and Canada sent through AT&T.

These will be the first GM cars, trucks and crossovers to be installed with 4G LTE. In the next several months, GM will divulge more carrier and supplier relationships to expand 4G LTE capabilities in worldwide markets.

Since mobile data speeds could be 10 times quicker than 3G technologies, improved responsiveness, and the ability to sustain simultaneous voice and data connections, a built-in 4G LTE connection could lead to advancements in a broad variety of in-vehicle communications and entertainment capacities.

GM customers will be pleased to know that they will be getting in-vehicle Wi-Fi hot spots and new infotainment options such as streaming video entertainment in the back seat, real-time updates and quicker application downloads.

These improvements are offered on top of OnStar’s current portfolio of built-in connected services, first presented in GM models in 1996. Particularly, the built-in 4G LTE structure is designed for in-vehicle use as it is incorporated into the model’s electrical system and comes with an external antenna to optimize coverage and connectivity.

Customers don’t need to have a smartphone to be able to use connected services. Eventually, applications of extensive in-vehicle 4G LTE connectivity will allow vehicles to directly interact with their environment to improve convenience, safety, and efficiency for drivers and passengers.

4G LTE will offer services like real-time traffic and making navigation updates possible. Right away, GM and AT&T will start working to develop 4G LTE connectivity for GM models offered in the U.S. and Canada. It’s expected that AT&T’s 4G LTE network will reach 300 million people in the U.S. by the end of next year. Industry analysts and other experts have praised its network performance and deployment strategy.

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