We live in a connected world. It’s rare to go anywhere – whether restaurant, church, even commercial airplanes – without finding people staring into the screen of their smartphones. So, it should seem only natural that automakers are getting set to launch a new era of connected automobiles that can serve up their own WiFi hotspots.
General Motors will join the club next month when it officially launches 4G LTE service for the new Chevrolet Malibu sedan, adding a wide range of additional models before the end of the year. It joins a growing list of manufacturers – including Audi and Chrysler’s Ram brand – who currently offer, or will soon add, 4G connectivity in their own products.
“We’re excited to give millions of customers an opportunity to explore the technology,” said Mary Chan, president of GM’s OnStar subsidiary operating the maker’s 4G service and which will initially offer a three-month free trial. (more…)