What are two things that you don’t think you would be able to live your daily life without? Most people would probably say their phone and their car. Well, Chevrolet has recognized just that and found a way to make sure you get the best of both…
Earlier this week, Chevrolet announced that they will be raising the bar in the industry’s technology once more and introducing models optionally equipped with OnStar 4G LTE (thanks to some help from AT&T) starting this summer. The first models to have this feature will be the 2015 Corvette, Impala, Malibu, and Volt and will be followed by the Equinox, Silverado, and Spark.
“Chevrolet is expected to implement the broadest deployment of 4G LTE in the automotive industry,” said Alan Batey, senior vice president of Global Chevrolet. “The fact that OnStar with 4G LTE will be available in models that range from the Chevrolet Spark to the Silverado to the Corvette, is indicative of our broad commitment to deliver more value and convenience through smart technology applications. This new, purposeful technology solution will make our consumers lives easier to connect.”
The 4G LTE rollout will bring a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot to most Chevrolet vehicles, which allows passengers to connect their personal devices, such as smartphones, laptops and tablets, to high-speed wireless internet. Each vehicle can accommodate multiple devices at one time.
“We know that our customers rely on being connected on a daily, if not hourly basis, and they expect to be provided with the information and content they desire with no interruptions,” said Mary Chan, president, GM’s Global Connected Consumer. “A 4G LTE hotspot that’s built into a car’s architecture will provide a more consistent and powerful Wi-Fi connection than a smartphone.”
With OnStar’s 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. The vehicle will employ a wireless connection that does not rely on a brought-in mobile device.
Additionally, Chevrolet MyLink will offer a built-in AppShop, accessible right from MyLink’s touchscreen where you can view all the apps, download them directly to the vehicle, organize, update, or delete them as needed – just like your iPhone and Android. These applications will connect drivers to vehicle data, weather, news, travel information and more. The initial app lineup will include: Vehicle Health, iHeartRadio, Priceline.com, The Weather Channel, NPR, Slacker Radio, TuneIn Radio, Cityseeker, Eventseeker, Glympse, and Kaliki.
“The built-in 4G LTE connection will allow our vehicles to be updated with the latest software and apps,” said Chan. “This means that the driver’s vehicle infotainment systems can keep getting better after purchase as customers can continue to add on and customize their features.”
And in order to make sure that you’re connected and ready on your 2015 Chevy, Chevrolet is offering a free Android smartphone with a 2-year service agreement.
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