General Motors Rolling Out AT&T 4G LTE Mobile Hotpot by 2014; Ford Launches Spotify App
If your car hasn't turned into a mobile technological masterpiece yet, it's bound to happen a lot sooner than you think, as General Motors is partnering with AT&T 4G LTE technology in Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac products by 2014. GM says this is the first of a partnership of mobile partner announcements that will be coming this year, and it's quite a big one as far as we're concerned. Cars already download and send diagnostic information, allowing you to know what's going on with your car and help the dealer schedule appointments. But most have been on slower, less-powerful 3G networks. And few have been offered in General Motors' products. In 2014, 4G LTE will allow the cars to offer up quicker speeds and in-vehicle wi-fi hot spots. The technology will complement OnStar. "In addition to allowing consumers to bring in and connect to personal mobile devices, the vehicle will also act as its own mobile device, enabling embedded vehicle capabilities," said Mary Chan, president of GM's Global Connected Consumer department, in a statement. "Turning this vision into a reality starts with enabling fast, reliable and responsive connectivity within the vehicle. Through this built-in 4G LTE connection we have the opportunity to reinvent the mobile experience inside a vehicle." GM says the fast downloading speeds of 4G LTE will eventually allow the automaker to update its navigation systems on the fly with real-time traffic updates, as well as navigation system updates, from the cloud. GM also said that the partnership could lead to more open-source development of in-car apps, not unlike what Ford has done with Sync and AppLink. Speaking of Ford... Ford Adds Spotify to Long List of Sync Apps Chances are you use Spotify, or you've used it in the past. If not, it's basically an aggregate for music, much like Pandora. And in most cases, via Bluetooth streaming, you can probably already listen to it in a car so equipped. But you have to fumble with your phone, take your eyes off the road, and generally put yourself in a far more dangerous position than you should be. Fortunately, along with a long list of other apps, Spotify has partnered with Ford to make its software Sync-compatible, working completely through voice commands. While only the premium Spotify service is currently only available for iPhone users in Fords, there's no doubt that it'll be headed to Android, Windows, and Blackberry users in no time. Already, more than 20 million users have Spotify accounts in more than 20 countries. Ford made a huge announcement at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with a slew of new Sync partners and AppLink, an open-source development kit for third parties. These new technologies aren't going away; Ford's just making it that much easier to use them without distraction while driving. Sources: General Motors, Forbes Magazine
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