Audi, GM Ready To Roll Out Wi-Fi Connected Cars
March 21, 2014 at 5:34 AM (PT)
The long-promised internet connection for cars is finally here. Earlier this month (NET NEWS 3/12), ALL ACCESS reported that AT&T and AUDI released the prices they will charge for in-car data. There will be two options: a 5GB/ six-month plan for $99 and a 30 GB/ 30-month plan for $499.
Wi-Fi will be available on the 2015 AUDI A3 sedan featuring the first-ever in-vehicle 4G LTE data connection in NORTH AMERICA.
TECHNOLOGY REVIEW now reports, "GM says it expects to sell 4G-equipped 2015 CHEVROLETS and other models starting in JUNE. Many other carmakers, including FORD and TOYOTA, are following suit, both in the U.S. and worldwide, using partnerships with wireless carriers to deliver the connectivity. By providing apps, carmakers see an opportunity for product differentiation and steady revenue streams. They also suggest that connectivity can lead to new safety features, and that using these onboard services will be safer than furtively glancing at phones."