Special to The City Sentinel
AT&T and GM are planning a new generation of wirelessly connected safety, security, diagnostic and infotainment services for GM vehicles introduced in North America starting in 2014, officials said.
The multi-year agreement calls for AT&T to enable millions of General Motors cars, trucks and crossovers with 4G LTE mobile Internet access, providing the latest wireless technology to power GM’s safety and security services offered by OnStar, as well as a new suite of infotainment services like streaming audio, web access, applications, and even video for backseat passengers. AT&T will also enable GM’s in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspots and voice calling services.
The services will be available in most Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles, beginning in 2014 in the United States and Canada.
Contractual and financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.
“Introducing 4G LTE into GM vehicles is a game-changing opportunity, and we couldn’t be better positioned to help drive this movement,” said Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO, AT&T Mobility. “We’re working closely with GM to grow the connected car base, and provide unique and relevant services that will improve the connected experience inside automobiles for both drivers and passengers.”
“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 is will also including a software developer’s kit offering an application framework that will allow drivers to add apps and features to their vehicles after purchase.
The technology will be backed by the AT&T WatsonSM speech engine, providing a complete cloud-based, voice-enabled natural language mobile virtual assistant solution for wirelessly connected vehicles. AT&T also provides support for hands-free speech-enabled services to prevent driver distraction, as well as remote vehicle functions such as door lock/unlock, remote start, and vehicle location services.
AT&T 4G Network
AT&T customers today have access to the nation’s largest 4G network, covering 288 million people. AT&T recently announced Project Velocity IP (VIP), its strategic plan to invest $14 billion over the next three years to enhance and expand its wireless and wireline IP broadband networks. As part of Project VIP, AT&T plans to expand its 4G LTE network to cover 300 million people by year-end 2014.
AT&T, General Motors to introduce wireless connectivity in select, 2014 GM cars
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