Next generation cars are bringing connectivity to a whole new level. In January, General Motors announced at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that certain 2015 model year Chevrolet units will have high speed 4G LTE Internet as an option. Earlier this month, Audi announced that 4G LTE data connection will be offered in the soon to be available 2014 Audi A3 sedan, making the automaker the first to deliver in-car 4G LTE Internet in North America.
This time, another GM brand is offering what is considered as the future of in-car infotainment systems. Cadillac is next to follow the trend by equipping the all-new 2015 ATS Coupe with 4G LTE technology. The ATS is the first in the brand’s lineup to be outfitted with the feature.
This Caddy’s 4G LTE internet connectivity, which will be provided as part of GM’s OnStar service, will enable vehicle occupants to enjoy a faster and more reliable connection. 4G LTE allows data transfer that is seven times quicker compared to other connections. The car’s in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot can support as many as seven devices, inclusive of its own Internet-based features. Thus, all of the vehicle’s occupants can take advantage of the fast internet to stay connected while on the road.
The 4G LTE connectivity is most impressive when considered alongside the coupe’s remarkable infotainment system. Called the CUE Collection, this is an upgrade of the already superb CUE (Cadillac User Interface). The Collection is deemed as “an in-car app marketplace,” mainly because it lets users do a number of things with their downloaded apps throughout the life of the car. They can delete or update old apps, and organize their current roster. Included in the lineup of initial downloads are iHeartRadio, Slacker Radio, NPR and The Weather Channel.
Consumers can expect other CUE features next year. These include a brand new text message reading function for Bluetooth-connected smartphones, as well as preset message responses. Moreover, iPhone iOS6 and iOS7 users in particular will love Siri Eyes Free, the feature which will allow the driver to keep his/her hands on the wheel as he/she controls certain smartphone functions by voice.
GM’s OnStar 4G LTE and CUE Collection are expected to be available across Cadillac’s lineup of its 2015 model year vehicles by the second half of this year. The 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe equipped with both technologies will be on sale starting this summer.
In the CES in Las Vegas, Chevrolet declared that the nameplates for the 2015 model year that will come with 4G LTE connectivity are the Corvette, Impala, Malibu and Volt. All these vehicles will debut this summer. Later this year, other Chevy nameplates will also be outfitted with the technology. These are the Spark, Spark EV, Silverado, Silverado HD and the Equinox.
General Motors is bringing 4G LTE mobile Internet access to its vehicles with the help of AT&T, the same company Audi is in partnership with for its data connection service. The luxury brand’s 4G LTE offering is initially available in six-month and 30-month plans.
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