Being connected to the net is an utmost necessity nowadays. More and more connected automobiles have its own Wi-Fi hot-spots. Currently, more automobile makers are realizing the trend and are jumping on the bandwagon before it is too late. This is what General Motors is currently doing.
Being one of the giants in the car automobile industry, General Motors has recently launched its 4G LTE service for the new Chevrolet Malibu sedan. In addition, there is also a plan for more car models following suit before the end of the year. Aside from GM, Audi and Chrysler’s Ram brand have already or will soon add 4G connectivity in their own products.
General Motors subsidiary operating the maker’s 4G service is its subsidiary – OnStar. According to them, there will be a 3-month free trial. It is indeed quite appealing for many vehicle users who are always on the go. It would be greatly beneficial to parents with children. Parents can now concentrate on driving while kids are being kept busy watching online movies or playing their favorite online games.
OnStar services will be offered at affordable rates with monthly fees from $10 to $50. However, for those who want the services for longer periods, an annual plan is also available ranging from $5 to $200.
Of course, there will be skeptics. Some of them are questioning the need for fixed Wi-Fi hot-spot in a vehicle when there are numerous mobile 4G service vendors. In addition, there are also a lot of gadgets that can be used as Wi-Fi hot-spot.
However, GM pushed all these doubts aside. They claimed that there is a great advantage in their built-in 4G systems. According to them, it will utilize an external antenna for improved and much stronger signal strength compared to a portable hot-spot that might be inside a huge steel vehicle.
The new OnStar 4G system will be offered later on to other GM car models such as the Chevrolet Corvette sports car and the Cadillac XTS luxury sedan. With such innovations, staying connected to friends at all times would become even more attainable.