GM vehicles with wireless hotspots 4G LTE arriving in dealerships

GM vehicles with wireless hotspots 4G LTE arriving in dealerships

On the 2015 model-year vehicles equipped with 4G, GM is offering the servicefree for three months or 3 gigabytes of use.

Abram said the technology, which GM originally announced in February 2013, will be a great benefit for families and business owners who operate out of their vehicles, but all customers should benefit from the high-speed connection.

With OnStars 4G LTE connection, the vehicle acts as a mobile hub, giving customers easier access to apps and services that require a high speed cellular or data connection.

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Following the free trial period, plans start at $5 a month for OnStar subscribers and $10 a month for non-subscribers for 200 megabytes. The current plans top out at $50 a month for 5 gigabytes of data use. A 4G LTE-equipped GM vehicle also can be added to an existing AT&T Mobile Share Plan for $10 a month.

This is really changing the paradigm of what a connected vehicle really is … and this is just the start, he said.

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Chevrolet ads featuring the 4G LTE technology debuted earlier this month. Abram said the campaign will continue through this year, including a full digital campaign.

GM also plans to use the system to help analyze vehicle fleets and enhance customers monthly diagnostic reports that are currently available throughOnStar, which the 4G system operates with. In the future, the high-speed data network could be used to send over-the-air updates to the vehicle or other service messages.

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You wont find pricing thats any lower than this, Abram said. Were trying to create a market.

Two-hundred megabytes of data, according toAT&Ts usage calculator, is enough to stream more than 6.5 hours of music, surf the internet for 13 hours or send more than 10,000 emails without attachments.

OnStar subscriptionsstart at $19.95 a month and $29.95 with turn-by-turn navigation.

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The rollout of the technology is in partnership with AT&T. It is the largest deployment of 4G LTE in the automotive industry to date. It was also almost the first deployment from any major automaker, butAudi released its A3 sedan with 4G capabilitiesearlier this year.

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GM vehicles with wireless hotspots, 4G LTE arriving in dealerships

Chevrolet has a rich history of innovation and technology, said Phil Abram, GM chief infotainment officer, during a media event to mark the beginning of the4G LTE at Eastern Market in Detroit. Its a great example of how were applying technology across the portfolio.

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DETROIT, MI- The firstGeneral Motors Co. vehicles with 4G LTE technologyare arriving in dealerships across the U.S. and Canada.

The Detroit-based automaker Wednesdaysaid 10 vehicleshave started production with its new OnStar 4G LTE, including the Chevrolet Malibu, Impala and Volt and Buick Regal and LaCrosse that are currently on dealer lots.The Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain and Cadillac ATS, CTS and SRX will be shipping soon. All vehicles are for the 2015 model-year.

By the end of the year, GM expects to have 30 vehicles equipped with the 4G LTE platform, including nearly every vehicle in the Chevrolet lineup(see chart below).

Abram said customers can opt out of the services and all connections, including data transferring, will be disabled to the vehicle.

The built-in high-speed data network is specifically designed for in-vehicle use and is integrated into the vehicles electrical system. It includes an external antenna to maximize coverage and connectivity for high-speed internet capabilities likeWiFi hotspotsthat essentially turn the vehicle into a wireless internet router, new infotainment options, real-time updates and faster application downloads.

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