To read the complete story, What is In-Car Internet? head on over to AutoGuide.com.Automakers are starting to offer data plans tied to specific vehicles, but is there any point to having Internet access through your car?
There are at least three reasons to want a car with an Internet connection. First, it will enhance safety and security features. Second, it will enhance your media experience to bring in web-connected content to your car. Third, it will provide you with up-to-the date information regarding destinations, mapping and other information like gas-prices or Yelp reviews. Let’s take a look at what’s available to car buyers today.
Connected For Safety
GM is an in-car telematics pioneer. Years ago, it began offering OnStar: a safety and security service that was activated when a car’s airbags were deployed. In that situation, OnStar would be able to inform police and paramedics about the state of the vehicle and passengers inside. Since then, OnStar evolved to offer an entire suite of services. It has the ability to help find a stolen car, give turn-by-turn directions without a navigation system and even to connect you with a concierge for advice in navigating an unfamiliar city.
But OnStar wants to improve its services and to do that, it needs better internet connectivity. That’s why in 2015, all GM vehicles will come from the factory with 4G LTE data connectivity.
“With 4G LTE, OnStar can move beyond offering one set of safety and security services and start thinking about new things possible with a high-speed connection,” says Stuart Fowle from General Motors OnStar public communications team. “The move to 4G LTE also creates a new platform for innovation that wasn’t possible with a slower connection.”
Fowle said that the upgrade to a faster connection will make features like the RemoteLink companion app more responsive. The app gives owners the capability to lock, unlock, start and even find their car through a smartphone. Currently, the ability to remotely start or lock the car can take a few minutes, but the change to 4G will allow it to happen much more quickly.
The future holds even more for this technology, but for now it’s limited to OnStar and Wi-Fi hotspots. Using the built in hardware, the car can broadcast a Wi-Fi signal, giving passengers access to the Internet.