- Fast, 4G LTE connection through OnStar
- Includes built-in wireless hot spot
- Upcoming for Chevrolet, GMC, Buick and Cadillac models
GM announced that it will offer a high-speed 4G LTE wireless connection on a range of models, including the all-new 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe. The connection, which works through GM's OnStar telematics system, allows passengers to connect smartphones, tablets or laptops to the Internet through a built-in wireless hot spot. In the coming months, the automaker will roll the technology out in models from its Chevy, GMC, Buick and Cadillac brands.
Users must subscribe to a wireless data service provided by AT&T to access the Internet through the 4G LTE connection. Those with an existing AT&T wireless account can add the vehicle. Others can purchase a plan through AT&T or through OnStar. Neither GM nor AT&T has announced pricing.
The completely redesigned 2015 Tahoe and longer-wheelbase Suburban will offer 4G LTE connections as early as this summer. Other Chevys offering high-speed connections and the Wi-Fi hot spot that comes with them will include 2015 Corvette, Impala, Malibu and Volt models. Later, Equinox, Silverado and Spark will add the feature.
Buick announced that it will include 4G LTE connectivity as standard equipment on four of its 2015 models: the compact Encore crossover and Verano, Regal and LaCrosse sedans. Cadillac will introduce the faster wireless service on the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe, with other models following later in 2014. GMC models adding 4G LTE this year include the redesigned 2015 Yukon and Yukon Denali, both sister models to the new 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe.
Along with the high-speed connection comes an array of available apps that users can download directly to the vehicle's infotainment system. Apps like Pandora, NPR and The Weather Channel will be available through AppShop in Chevy, Buick and GMC models, or through CUE Collection in Cadillac vehicles.
Many vehicles already connect to the Internet through the driver's smartphone to stream music and deliver other Internet content. But the new 4G LTE connection for vehicles such as the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe reverses those roles, allowing even Wi-Fi devices without a dedicated mobile connection to reach the Internet through the vehicle's connection.
What it means to you: More new cars and trucks are offering in-vehicle Wi-Fi hot spots to keep drivers and passengers connected, but the technology has been largely limited to luxury brands. GM is changing that with available 4G LTE connections for a wide range of models.