GM, AT&T Collaborate on In-Car LTE Connectivity
February 25, 2013 9:16 AM
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LTE connectivity will bring new entertainment options and more
General Motors and AT&T have announced a partnership that will bring
4G LTE connectivity
to vehicles within the United States and Canada. The collaboration between the two companies will begin in 2014 with 2015 model year vehicles.
GM says that an integrated LTE connection will allow advances for in-vehicle communications and entertainment capability. Among the services that will be available thanks to the in-vehicle LTE connectivity will be Wi-Fi hotspots, streaming video entertainment for backseat passengers, and faster application downloads.
GM says that the enhancements will build on the OnStar portfolio of built-in connected services.
“In addition to allowing consumers to bring in and connect to personal mobile devices, the vehicle will also act as its own mobile device, enabling embedded vehicle capabilities,” said Mary Chan, president, Global Connected Consumer, General Motors. “Turning this vision into a reality starts with enabling fast, reliable and responsive connectivity within the vehicle. Through this built-in 4G LTE connection we have the opportunity to reinvent the mobile experience inside a vehicle.”
GM says that it plans to announce additional carrier partners allowing its other brands such as Opel and Vauxhall to offer LTE connectivity with details and options announced at a later date.
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2/26/2013 7:53:50 PM
I'm a fan of the concept, but the execution concerns me. If it isn't easy to swap out the cellular modem, forget about it. Here's what I really want, a USB port concealed on the exterior of the vehicle that any USB modem can be hooked up to in order to create a hotspot that the car automatically connects to in order to offer the same functionality. Suddenly upgrading is simple, and anyone who's actually interested in the functionality won't be put off by the amount of work required to plug in a USB modem.
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