2015 GM Vehicles To Be Internet Hotspots, With No Smartphone Required


  • GM Wi-Fi Hot Spots Picture

    GM Wi-Fi Hot Spots Picture

    Most 2015 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac models will be Internet hotspots, says GM. | February 25, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • General Motors announces plans to make most of its 2015 vehicles an Internet hotspot with a high-speed broadband connection.
  • Customers will not be required to have a smartphone to use connected services in the vehicles.
  • Most 2015 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac models will be equipped with 4G LTE broadband, the fastest type of wireless Internet connection now available.

DETROIT — General Motors on Monday announced plans to make most of its 2015 vehicles an Internet hotspot with a high-speed broadband connection.

Customers will not be required to have a smartphone to use connected services in the vehicles. GM did not say how much this technology will add to a vehicle's sticker price. GM will team with AT&T Inc. as it embeds broadband into vehicles.

Most 2015 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac models in the U.S and Canada will be equipped with 4G LTE broadband, the fastest type of wireless Internet connection now available. GM said it will also expand 4G LTE capabilities in markets around the world.

"In addition to allowing consumers to bring in and connect to personal mobile devices, the vehicle will also act as its own mobile device, enabling embedded vehicle capabilities," said Mary Chan, president of GM's Global Connected Consumer, in a statement. "Through this built-in 4G LTE connection we have the opportunity to reinvent the mobile experience inside a vehicle."

Most in-vehicle systems now required a linked smartphone to get Internet content. GM's latest plan means consumers will not have to bring outside devices into vehicles to get connected.

"Expected benefits for GM customers could include in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspots, new infotainment options like streaming video entertainment in the backseat, real-time updates and faster application downloads," said GM.

The setup would provide an Internet connection for devices including iPads.

Edmunds says: Automakers are moving quickly toward embedded solutions, which should make life easier for consumers. The only question at this point is cost.

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