25
Feb
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In the future, your car is going to be connected to the internet. This is a matter of when, not if. Volvo and BMW are already working on auto connectivity, and Verizon has partnered with just about everyone. Today, AT&T and GM announced that they're joining the fray by combining their strengths. Starting in 2014, cars from General Motors will have LTE radios .

More specifically, most 2015 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac models will support wireless connectivity in the U.S. and Canada. AT&T notes that it expects its LTE network to cover 300 million people by the end of 2014. The two companies plan to bring a number of new services to cars like streaming audio and video (the latter to people in the back seats, of course), Wi-Fi hotspots, and voice calling.

Of course, the more interesting aspect of connected cars is what app developers will be able to do once your car becomes just another device to plug into. Suppose we only have to wait a few more years, right?

Source: AT&T, GM

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • ProductFRED

    What's the point? I don't understand what everyone's obsession with the term "4G" is. It's really getting annoying.

    • Bob G

      Typical Americans need a short catchy label on everything otherwise, they cannot understand even the simplest thing.

      • ProductFRED

        I'm American and I agree with this. Everything is so much more straight forward in Europe and other parts of the world.

        inb4 "Then leave America" comments.

    • squiddy20

      Considering the group behind the 4G specification were basically forced to lower their standards due to the carriers all throwing around the term, and no ones' "4G" is true 4G, I agree. Heck, T-Mobile touts their HSPA+ network as "4G", but it's nothing more than 3G on steroids.

      • Rudy Belova

        You forgot that the version of LTE at&t and verizon uses was also NOT considered 4G until they added it with HSPA+. LTE Advanced was 4g. Nice twisting facts to make a point. FAIL

        • Justin Winker

          Or how AT&T advertises the largest 4G network... They advertise both their LTE and HSPA+ as 4G, so they do technically have the largest, but VZW has the largest 4G LTE network.

  • darksidekiller

    BS Why AT&T? Ford had to get Sprint services with their new Network Vision antennas

  • http://www.facebook.com/marc.okelly1 Marc OKelly

    Have fun with limited data

  • fixxmyhead

    verizon? fuck that greedy ass carrier.

  • Matthew Fry

    Can't wait to root my Escalade.

  • Brian Menius

    I just can't see past the money grab factor of this unnecessary "technological advancement." Fortunately, like satellite radio, it should be able to remain dormant if the vehicle's owner is a cheap-ass.

    • JG

      Probably the most useful aspect would be SatNavs. My car could pull the local Dept. of Transportation's work schedule and plot around any construction sites. And being able to talk to a central server, it could see how many other vehicles planning on being in that general area at the time I would be so it could pick the best route for me, rather than having 90 of us get off the highway and onto a country road at the same time resulting in a potential bottleneck. Traffic conditions could be collected in real-time, so my car knows to automatically bypass my unusually speedy exit 2B where cars have been parked for 2hrs thanks to someone breaking down....

      It could also be cool to be able to tune into any radio station and be able to listen to it the whole trip, rather than having to re-tune every so often as I drive out of the station's range. And being able to get local stations to, not just 24/7 music stations like Siris/XM. I could tune into my alma mater's station & listen to pre-pre-game banter as I'm working on my 6hr commute back for homecoming.... Or listen to some San Diego station's beach party while I'm driving through snow-pocolypse 2013....

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

    I just bought a brand new Audi this weekend and it came with this feature, so my car is also a hotspot (which is probably the biggest benefit of it). I know what you're thinking - "oh Audi? It must be a top-of-the-line carrier, right?" Nope. It's T-Mobile.

    I already pay twice for internet - once at home and once with my phone, so I don't need to pay for it in my car too. I'll be fine without it after my trial period.

  • http://gamingblather.com/ Drak

    What do you mean I can't trade my car in??
    No sir, you still have 6 months left on your contract with Verizon.

  • Rob

    Angry Birds on your NAV screen , FTW. :P

  • Rob

    So when you reach your data limit and you get "throttled", does your car slow down and automatically move to the breakdown lane?

  • Mike Reid

    Can you lease via Play subscription ?

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