General Motors Announces Plans For 4G LTE Deployment In Vehicles
General Motors has announced today that they plan to deliver a new generation of connected cars and trucks that have 4G LTE mobile broadband integrated into them. The first vehicles to have 4G LTE built-in will be most 2015 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac models available in 2014. The 4G LTE will be powered by AT&T. GM plans to announced more carrier and supplier relationships in the coming months.
The 4G LTE speeds in the cars will advance a wide-range of in-vehicle communications and entertainment capabilities. Some examples of how it can be beneficial to have fast Internet in vehicles will include streaming video entertainment in the back seat, real-time updates of road conditions, and faster application downloads.
“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,” stated GM President of the Global Connected Consumer division Mary Chan. “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.”
AT&T and GM is immediately working on developing 4G LTE connectivity for GM vehicles in the U.S. and Canada. AT&T is planning to expand their 4G LTE network to reach 300 million in the U.S. by the end of 2014.