General Motors in a press release dated February 25, 2013 confirmed that the company has decided to launch a global strategy which aims to introduce an all-new generation of cars and trucks that equipped with 4G LTE mobile broadband.
Although implementing this plan will not make General Motors as the first car maker to introduce the in-car internet access, the company is still serious in pushing this plan through since doing so would allow GM to make the said technology become more widespread compared to what its closest rivals have done so far.
Based on the information provided by General Motors on the same press release, the first car, truck and utility models that would be equipped with the 4G LTE mobile broadband technology will most likely be the 2015 version of the Cadillac, GMC, Buick and Chevrolet. The carmaker has also hinted that these models will be available in 2014 in Canada and it the US through the company’s partnership with AT&T.
General Motors’ decision to incorporate the 4G LTE mobile broadband technology on some of the GM vehicles by 2014 was basically triggered by the company’s aim to provide its consumers with an in-car internet access with mobile data speed which is about 10 times faster than the existing 3G technologies used in some of the vehicle models that are marketed by GM’s rivals.
General Motors explained that the structure of the 4G LTE mobile broadband was specifically designed for vehicle use. This is integrated on the vehicle’s electrical system and makes use of an external antenna which allows the car occupants to maximize internet connectivity and coverage. In addition to this, the technology will no longer require the consumers to own a smartphone just to use the services provided.
Aside from providing faster internet connection, General Motors also expects that the widespread use of the 4G LTE technology in the future will allow the vehicles that are equipped with this to directly interact with each other or to their environment. Due to this set-up, the technology is also expected to make driving the vehicle more efficient, convenient and safer.