Chevrolet recently announced at the Consumer Electronics Show that select 2014, and all 2015, models will now come with 4G LTE speeds. This advancement shows a big step in both OnStar and AT&T technology. Expect U.S. and Canada vehicles to see this improvement beginning this summer.
High-speed data is becoming more affordable and much more in demand. With the 10th hardware generation of OnStar, which debuted in GM vehicles in 1996, nearly 185,000 calls are made every day. The all-new OnStar 4G LTE connection being built in vehicles will now allow for a greater speed and reliability never before achieved in a Chevy.
Chevrolet has teamed with AT&T’s network to give customers an affordable way to achieve a personal, built-in Wi-Fi hotspot in most Chevrolet vehicles. For the first time, passengers will be able to connect their personal devices (smartphones, laptops and tablets) with a high-speed wireless internet without having to bring an internet source with them. Multiple devices will be able to connect to each car’s hotspot at one time.
The option for the on-board 4G LTE hotspot and OnStar 4G LTE will be easily available for current AT&T customers. They will add their vehicle to a shareable bucket of data via an AT&T Mobile Share plan. Drivers can also pay for data as a standalone option, if desired. The on-board Chevrolet MyLink will use the 4G LTE capability to access the built in AppShop. The available apps will download directly to the vehicle. The apps will connect drivers to vehicle data, music, news, weather, travel information and more.
The current apps available for download include:
- Vehicle Health
- The Weather Channel
- Slacker Radio
- TuneIn Radio
Expect the new technology to be available first in the U.S. for the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette, Impala, Malibu, and Volt. 2015 model year vehicles will come standard with built-in 4G LTE capabilities at vehicle launch.