General Motors teased consumers two years ago when it showed off a Chevrolet Volt decked out with 4G LTE connectivity. More details were finally unveiled this month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas: the 2015 Chevy Volt will have a 4G LTE option and will offer consumers an as-yet-unpriced option with much faster wireless internet connection and more smartphone apps. GM's OnStar has teamed up with AT&T to come up with several mobile apps alongside the roadside assistance.

The Volt joins the 2015 Corvette, Impala and Malibuz models that will debut with a 4G LTE option this year. The first four 4G ChevroLTE models will be released this summer and will be joined by the Spark (EV and gas versions), Equinox, Silverado and Silverado HD. GM has yet to announce whether any Cadillac or Buick models will get the 4G option.
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Chevrolet Accelerates to 4G LTE Speeds in 2014
Bowtie brand models in U.S. and Canada to get OnStar 4G LTE by summer


LAS VEGAS – Starting this summer, Chevrolet will have some of the fastest vehicles on the roads, and that has nothing to do with horsepower. Chevrolet drivers will be enjoying high-speed data - made possible by a new OnStar 4G LTE connection in the vehicle, running on AT&T's network, the nation's fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network.

Chevrolet today announced at the Consumer Electronics Show that the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette, Impala, Malibu, and Volt would be the first General Motors' vehicles to come optionally equipped with OnStar 4G LTE. They will be followed by the Equinox, Silverado, Silverado HD, Spark and Spark EV. In the Canadian market, OnStar with 4G LTE will be introduced on the Chevrolet Trax as well. The majority of the 2015 Chevrolet lineup in the U.S and Canada will have a 4G LTE connection built-in at vehicle launch. More models will be announced later this year.

"Chevrolet is expected to implement the broadest deployment of 4G LTE in the automotive industry," said Alan Batey, senior vice president of Global Chevrolet. "The fact that OnStar with 4G LTE will be available in models that range from the Chevrolet Spark to the Silverado to the Corvette, is indicative of our broad commitment to deliver more value and convenience through smart technology applications. This new, purposeful technology solution will make our consumers lives easier to connect."

Vehicles Equipped with Built-in Wi-Fi Hotspot

The 4G LTE rollout will bring a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot to most Chevrolet vehicles, which allows passengers to connect their personal devices, such as smartphones, laptops and tablets, to high-speed wireless internet. Each vehicle can accommodate multiple devices at one time.

"We know that our customers rely on being connected on a daily, if not hourly basis, and they expect to be provided with the information and content they desire with no interruptions," said Mary Chan, president, GM's Global Connected Consumer. "A 4G LTE hotspot that's built into a car's architecture will provide a more consistent and powerful Wi-Fi connection than a smartphone."

With OnStar's 4G LTE connection, the vehicle acts as a mobile hub, giving customers easier access to apps and services that require a high-speed cellular or data connection. The vehicle will employ a wireless connection that does not rely on a brought-in mobile device.

In collaboration with AT&T, the data connection in the car will be fast – and flexible. Current AT&T customers will be able to add their vehicle to a shareable bucket of data through AT&T Mobile Share plans. All drivers can also pay for data as a standalone option. Additional pricing and data packages for OnStar 4G LTE will be announced later in 2014.

Chevrolet AppShop Offers Connected Car Personalization

Chevrolet MyLink will offer consumers an enhancement with the built in AppShop, available on select 2015 Chevrolet models in the U.S. and Canada. AppShop will benefit from the embedded 4G LTE connection.

Chevrolet AppShop is accessible through an icon on the MyLink screen that allows owners to view all available apps and download them directly to the vehicle, then organize, update or delete them as needed. Available apps will connect drivers to vehicle data, music, news, weather, travel information and more.

"The built-in 4G LTE connection will allow our vehicles to be updated with the latest software and apps," said Chan. "This means that the driver's vehicle infotainment systems can keep getting better after purchase as customers can continue to add on and customize their features."

An initial list of planned apps announced today includes Vehicle Health, iHeartRadio, Priceline.com, The Weather Channel, NPR, Slacker Radio, TuneIn Radio, Cityseeker, Eventseeker, Glympse and Kaliki.

OnStar's 10th Generation to Debut

Chevrolet's 4G LTE launch coincides with the 10th hardware generation of OnStar, a service that debuted in GM vehicles in 1996. The upgrade will allow for voice and high speed data services.

"We are focused on constantly improving the OnStar service so that the system continues to remain a trusted value-add for GM drivers," said Terry Inch, chief operating officer, OnStar. "4G LTE will enable the most powerful OnStar connection ever."

OnStar Advisors currently respond to approximately 185,000 calls every day or more than two calls every second. OnStar is standard across the 2014 Chevrolet lineup. The OnStar RemoteLink Key Fob Services smartphone app, which allows owners to lock or unlock doors, activate the horn and lights, and remotely start a properly-equipped vehicle, is included for five years for properly equipped Chevrolet vehicles in the U.S.

About Chevrolet

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

About OnStar LLC

OnStar, LLC (OnStar) is a wholly owned subsidiary of GM Holdings LLC ("GM"). Along with its affiliate Shanghai OnStar Telematics Co. Ltd (a joint venture involving OnStar, Shanghai General Motors Co., Ltd (SGM) and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC)), OnStar serves more than 6.5 million subscribers in the U.S, Canada and China. OnStar is a provider of connected safety, security and mobility solutions and advanced information technology. OnStar's key services include automatic crash response, stolen vehicle assistance, remote door unlock, turn-by-turn navigation, vehicle diagnostics and hands-free calling.


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      danwat1234
      • 10 Months Ago
      I'd rather have a more efficient range extender in the Volt and have the Volt lose a couple hundred pounds by replacing low tech steel with high tech steel
      Levine Levine
      • 11 Months Ago
      Great news for GM's On-Star subscribers. GM will now use 4G LTE to monitor and spy on your driving and where about - even when you turn the device off.
        Joeviocoe
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Levine Levine
        You mean like OnStar does while using CDMA? Having a faster connection does NOT improve the ability to spy. The data is small. And LTE coverage is MUCH fewer and farther between, than what they already use. It has been nearly 20 years since OnStar... and how many privacy violations have there been? And how many lives saved? Time to take of the tinfoil hat.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Levine Levine
        You mean like how Tesla tracks their drivers?
      Jason
      • 11 Months Ago
      Just fix the iPhone and android integrations please GM before adding something else! As connected as these cars are now to our phones, never updating the radio software just doesn't cut it anymore.
      Mac M
      • 10 Months Ago
      What a stupid idea! Just let me see my phone's information on screen. I'll deal with whatever connection I need. A phone costs a few hundred dollars and it's easy to upgrade. Korea just unveiled 5G.... The damned Volt will not have 4G until 2015?! Seriously, I don't know how GM ever came up with the Volt. They are such a ridiculous company in general and this just affirms it.
      Rotation
      • 11 Months Ago
      I have no idea how GM can charge for LTE. The phone companies are insisting they install it because they know these cars might still be on the road in 15 years and they don't want to support 3G 15 years from now. Maybe the car always has LTE and they just charge for the hotspot service?
      Ziv
      • 11 Months Ago
      Not a feature I would care about, but I am sure there are people it would appeal to. The one that I wish they would announce, is that they are opening up the Volt pack from 65% useable to 75% useable, thereby increasing the AER by 3-4 miles. And that they would do a software upgrade to the older Volts to achieve the same range gain. I can dream, can't I?
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Ziv
        I prefer the current Voltec design; less battery usage, more consistency of performance (no reduced propulsion a la i3 REx, no rapidly shrinking battery capacity a la LEAF).
      A_Guy
      • 11 Months Ago
      Not much EV news in Detroit this year, so far...
        • 11 Months Ago
        @A_Guy
        Google VIA motors.
      SteveG
      • 11 Months Ago
      A feature no one wanted. I can already turn my phone into a wifi access point. I don't have to pay another bill for it, and it goes with me when I leave the car.
        Naturenut99
        • 11 Months Ago
        @SteveG
        Trust me there are people who have been upset that it doesn't have 4G already. Actual current owners. While I agree that a cellphone can already do some of that. What it can't do is help the car get info and apps. If the car accepted external wifi hotspot. Then it could use the owners cellphone signal to do that.
          Actionable Mango
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Naturenut99
          Apps, great. Can't wait to play "Star Wars Angry Birds" while driving.
          SteveG
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Naturenut99
          The car just needs to connect to wifi. It really is that easy.
        Joeviocoe
        • 11 Months Ago
        @SteveG
        mostly for maps... they can get large, and especially if you want satellite imagery, realtime weather, blah blah... this will all be standard soon enough.
          SteveG
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          So connect to my phone for that. This is just for that sweet sweet monthly money.
      Ryan
      • 11 Months Ago
      The only application I would use is internet radio. But, I doubt it will be free, and I don't like monthly fees. Satellite radio is just fine and works well if you drive a lot.
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Ryan
        My buddy has a Tesla and it has some excellent free internet radio along with google maps. I love my 2012 Volt but the Tesla Model S interface knocks my socks off! If they went in that direction I'd be trading in my car in my Volt in no time!
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