• Dec 21st 2011 at 7:57AM
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General Motors is slowly pushing OnStar into the infotainment realm as it recognizes its telematics system needs to provide more than emergency services and navigation functionality to entice consumers. To that end, at CES this January OnStar is rolling out another connectivity concept employing 4G LTE broadband to bring even more media into the car.

Last year, GM outfitted a Buick LaCrosse with Verizon's high-speed data service, but the 2012 concept is based around the more tech-centric Chevrolet Volt. Among the services fitted to the Volt are cloud-based streaming media and information, a duo of tablets mounted on the backs of the front seats and the same video chat functionality we sampled last year.

Additionally, Cadillac will be showing off a more refined version of its CUE entertainment system in Sin City, and we'll have hands-on with both in a few week's time. Hit the jump for the official release.
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OnStar and Cadillac at 2012 Consumer Electronic Show
Two brands to highlight future of in-vehicle entertainment and connectivity

DETROIT – OnStar and Cadillac are showcasing their latest technologies at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show from Jan. 10-13 in Las Vegas.

The two brands will discuss several innovations during a press conference on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 7p.m. in the Casanova ballroom (Room 505) at the Venetian Hotel and Casino.

Cadillac will demonstrate CUE, a comprehensive in-vehicle experience that merges intuitive design with auto industry-first controls and commands for information and entertainment data. Cadillac will also discuss the research methods behind the creation of CUE.

OnStar will unveil evolutionary research in the 4G LTE cloud connected vehicle space, reveal future expansions in the mobile application arena, and make announcements about OnStar FMV, its aftermarket rearview mirror that contains all of OnStar's key functions for older vehicles.

OnStar will also collaborate with the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network to focus on the in-vehicle experience related to streaming content sharing for all vehicle occupants. The prototype applications demonstrated in a Chevrolet Volt research vehicle include:
- Cloud-based streaming of entertainment and information content throughout the vehicle
- Rear seat infotainment management
- Video chat

Additionally, OnStar has built on its pioneering work with smart grid technology and home connectivity to develop in-vehicle applications centered on energy management:

- OnStar RemoteLink
- Real time Diagnostics and Eco Routing
- Home Energy Management

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Yo dawg, I heard you like angry so we put Angry Birds in your car so you can be Angry while you get angry (after totaling your car from being distracted by Angry Birds.)
        • 3 Years Ago
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        I'm pretty sure those are actually Samsung Galaxy Tabs... you can tell by the name on the long end. ... who says it looks exactly like an iPad? The label clearly says Samsung! /sarcasm
      • 3 Years Ago
      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 3 Years Ago
      So why do people pay $2000 for rear seat video/DVD capabilities when it's only actually needed/used twice a year on the family vacation? Because they can. Why will people line up to pay $2000 so they can duplicate the information they already get on their smartphone onto a bigger built-in dashboard screen? Because they can.
      Henry Wertz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sounds entertaining. But, who wants to share 2GB (or 4GB, for now...) a month between a bunch of tablets? LTE is sweet (and honestly VZW's 3G is solid and reliable enough to stream too..) but VZW's current data pricing is a big fail.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Look out the window and enjoy the scenery. Screw connectivity, connect with safety on the road.
      Jack Phillips
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can this be an upgrade fo a 2011 Volt??? What is this all about? We do not have this feature in our Volt now.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "connectivity concept employing 4G LTE broadband"... Hmm... I wonder how well it would work outside of 4G areas - such as on many Interstates in the midwest? I presume it would fall back onto Verizon's 3G network, which isn't anywhere near as fast...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why couldn't they have a system that can connect via wifi so that people who already have 4G LTE capable smartphones with a data sharing plan don't have to pay for ANOTHER line of service? No thanks.
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        Because that would make sense and not rip you off, and those are not things Verizon likes to do. I think Verizon needs to get their s**t together when it comes to their LTE coverage and reliability before hyping it up any more with silly projects like this. So sayeth me, a disgruntled LTE Galaxy Nexus owner who is dealing with half-baked software on a rushed flagship phone that gets crap for reception and is constantly dropping and reconnecting from 3G and 4G
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