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GM Will Offer 4G Broadband in Most Vehicles Starting in 2014

Connected cars will offer infotainment, safety advantages.

by on Feb.25, 2013

GM will become the latest - and largest -- maker to offer broadband access in "most" of its vehicles.

General Motors will partner with AT&T to offer embedded 4G Internet access in “most” of the vehicles it sells in the U.S. and Canada starting next year, the maker announced during a mobile communications conference in Spain this morning.

An early leader in so-called “connected car” services with its OnStar system, GM sees a number of advantages in tapping into AT&T’s 4G LTE wireless service, promising it will expand the range of infotainment options motorists will have while also providing the potential to use the broadband service to improve vehicle safety.

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Among other things, passengers will be able to tap into a WiFi hot spot that can handle up to eight different cellphones, table and laptop computers and other devices.

“In addition to allowing consumers to bring in and connect to personal mobile devices, the vehicle will also act as its own mobile device, enabling embedded vehicle capabilities,” said Mary Chan, president, Global Connected Consumer, General Motors.


Audi Launches a “Travolution”

Car-to-traffic signal system could speed flow, save fuel.

by on Jun.03, 2010

Audi travolution system would link vehicles to the highway infrastructure, including stoplights.

Few things are more frustrating than bouncing from one red light to another when you’re doing your daily commute.  Worse, every stop eats up fuel.

Enter Audi’s travolution concept, which uses WiFi-like technologies to link a car to the roadway infrastructure.  As you’re traveling, the system is communicating with the stop lights along your route, finding out when they’re likely to go red or green.

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That information can be displayed on a graph, much like today’s navigation systems show a countdown bar as you approach a turn.  Except, in this case, travolution advises the motorist what the best speed would be to avoid hitting a red light.  If you’re already at a stop, you’d be told how long before the light turns green again.