GM is expected to announce later today its partnership with AT&T to bring 4G LTE mobile Internet access to its 2015 models sold in Canada and the US.
The US automaker announced that this partnership will signify the largest implementation of 4G LTE in cars until now. Customers will have the possibility to purchase 2015 Cadillac, Buick, GMC and Chevrolet vehicles fitted with 4G LTE mobile internet access beginning with mid-2014. GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky is expected to make the official announcement today at GMSA’s Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona, Spain.
“GM is making a global commitment to a new generation of connected vehicles,” Mary Chan, GM’s president of global connected consumer, said in an interview. “We’re really making that 4G LTE available across all brands, all vehicles.”
AT&T will offer services such as Internet access, streaming audio, in-vehicle Wi-Fi hot spot, fast application downloads, voice calling and streaming video for back-seat passengers to GM’s subsidiary OnStar. Although this would be the largest implementation of 4G LTE, it is not the first one.
BMW and Audi have also fitted their vehicles with 4G capabilities. The 2013 Audi A3 with 4G LTE has already been unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January. In August, Chrysler announced its partnership with Sprint for embedded wireless services for the automaker’s Uconnect infotainment system for the 2013 SRT Viper and Ram 1500 pickups models.