General Motors just announced that it will outfit its vehicles with 4G LTE mobile broadband connection, which would effectively make each car a mobile hotspot.
Offered through a partnership with AT&T, each General Motors vehicle will now be able to access the web without the aid of a paired smart phone. That means that apps such as internet radio will now be available straight through the GM’s infotainment system.
This new update will make General Motors infotainment units easier to upgrade because customers can now download changes to their systems, without having to replace anything physical in the car.
“Customers will be able to continuously update it with upgraded systems, software and apps, without having to buy a whole new vehicle” said Steve Girsky, GM vice chairman.
The technology will be made available to 2015 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac models, along with Opel and Vauxhall in Europe.
Audi, Mercedes and Chrysler already offer in-car wireless systems on a handful of models, though this move by GM will be the most widespread implementation of the tech.