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“How much longer?” or “Are we there yet?” if you have taken a road trip with kids and maybe even adults, you have heard this more times than you can count. Road trips can seem endless without distractions for little ones and older kids alike. What if I said that this could be a thing of the past? Would you believe that your car could become a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot and everyone in the car could connect their devices including smartphones and tablets and that the signal is powerful enough that you could stream videos and even watch live TV via an app? It seems like science fiction or something the Jetsons might have in their flying car. However, the future is almost here.
OnStar just announced that they will be bringing 4G LTE connectivity to select 2015 Chevrolet vehicles. Starting this summer, the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette, Impala, Malibu, Volt, Equinox, Silverado, Silverado HD, Spark and Spark EV will be the first GM vehicles to come equipped with OnStar 4G LTE. More vehicles will be announced later in the year
So what does this 4G LTE connectivity do? It will allow passengers to connect their personal devices (smartphones, tablets, etc.) to high-speed wireless Internet through a Wi-Fi hotspot that is built right into the vehicle. The Wi-Fi hotspot’s connectivity will go with you anywhere there is a 4G LTE signal, powers multiple devices and is more reliable than a smartphone or mobile hotspot. Passengers can use this connection to stream video content, play games, surf the web and remain connected on their devices virtually anywhere they go. Like I said, the end of the “Are we there yet?” discussion.
With 4G LTE Connectivity, my oldest daughter could stream and watch a movie via Netflix on the Kindle Fire while my younger daughter watches Disney Channel live on the iPad. (Yes there is an app for that.) While they were doing that I could work on adding some posts to the Bargain Shopper Mom website and talk with your over on the Bargain Shopper Mom Facebook page. Yes my husband is driving, so no distractions for him.
We travel to my in-laws in Kentucky a few times a year, which is a 7-hour trip. Having a car that has this type of connectivity would sure make this trip easier and more productive. I love OnStar for the safety aspect but I am excited about this new feature coming to Chevrolet models this summer.
Want to learn more about this exciting news? Be sure to visit this Onstar webpage with more information about 4G LTE connectivity. You can also like the OnStar fan page on Facebook and be kept up to date on all the exciting features.
Here is a fun video that gives you even more information.
Mark Scalf, Engineering Group Manager for Developer Products and Applications, takes you behind the wheel to demo what that drive may look like with a 4 G LTE connection powered by AT&T. From high-speed, wireless connectivity for up to seven devices and nearly a dozen prospective applications for music, information, weather and more, it’s going to be an exciting ride.