GM and AT&T have inked a deal to get internet enabled cars by mid-2014. According to the deal AT&T will be providing a suite of safety, security, diagnostic and infotainment software services to a range of GM cars next year in the United States and Canada. The partnership will see AT&T wirelessly enable millions of GM cars and trucks with 4G LTE mobile internet access. Inked with GM subsidiary OnStar, the partnership will see AT&T services go into most Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles in 2014. The idea is to “enhance virtually every aspect of the driving and riding experience,” said GM’s Global Connected Consumer president Mary Chain. AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega said that introducing 4G LTE into GM vehicles was “a game-changing opportunity.” The telecom giant said it would work together with GM to develop apps for future vehicles, and that GM would preview a few conceptual connected services at Mobile World Congress this week. GM already has another subsidiary- OnStar that provides subscription-based communications, in-vehicle security, hands free calling, turn-by-turn navigation, and remote diagnostics systems throughout the United States, Canada and China. OnStar was formed in 1995 as collaboration between GM, Electronic Data Systems and Hughes Electronics Corporation. OnStar-FMV is another feature for GM cars which offers Turn-by-Turn navigation, vehicle safety assistance
, emergency services and Bluetooth integration.
December 7, 2023