GM to Shift into 4G LTE Service Via AT&T in 2014 Vehicles

GM to Shift into 4G LTE Service Via AT&T in 2014 VehiclesA new agreement calls for AT&T to enable millions of General Motors vehicles with 4G LTE mobile access, upgrading OnStar’s “infotainment services” such as streaming audio, web access, applications, and even video for backseat passengers.
AT&T will also provide GM vehicles with Wi-Fi hotspots and voice calling services.
OnStar, a subsidiary of GM, already offers wireless services focused on safety, diagnostic and navigational services to most Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles.
But the deal takes vehicle computing into the 4G realm, which will draw a wider range of apps found in many smartphone or tablet operating systems beginning in 2014 in the United States and Canada.
“By adding a fast, reliable and built-in 4G LTE connection specifically designed for vehicles, we can drive innovation to enhance virtually every aspect of the driving and riding experience – from safety and diagnostics to entertainment to integration of emerging third-party applications,” said Mary Chan, president, Global Connected Consumer, General Motors. “Through this built-in 4G LTE connection we have the opportunity to reinvent the mobile experience inside a vehicle.”
GM and AT&T first teamed in January when the car giants sponsored a Connected Car Challenge as part of an AT&T Hackathon for mobile app developers in Las Vegas.
During the Las Vegas event, GM introduced new application programming interfaces (APIs), enabling developers to build apps for GM vehicles.. The GM SDK (software developers’ kit) also offers a new framework that will allow drivers to add apps and features to their vehicles after purchase.

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