It’s not just your smartphone that’s getting the 4G treatment. AT&T and General Motors have partnered to bring 4G Wifi to cars starting 2014.
Car owners will have to choose a package in the available vehicle models. The Wall Street Journal says the 4G will be available in the GMC, Vauxhall, Cadillac, Buick, and Chevrolet models. Among the offerings will be info and displays about traffic jams, for example. It also opens the door to other options such as pulling data from The Weather Channel right to your car. And apps like Netflix could be coming to GM’s cars. (For the backseat, according to The Washington Post.) The goal is to also bring voice-activated apps to cars, to lower the number of distractions that divers experience behind the wheel.
GM already made some digital services, like directions, available through its OnStar service. The Journal points out that GM isn’t inventing the wheel on this. Other car companies, like BMW and Ford, have introduced hi-tech options to their vehicles, but GM hasn’t taken its OnStar option to the next level.
Would 4G availability make GM vehicles more appealing to you?