On Wednesday, General Motors was at AT&T's Holiday showcase event showing off one of their connected cars, the 2015 Buick Regal. We went inside and let the GM representative explain how this sport sedan is connected.
The Regal they were showing off has a built-in 4G LTE connectivity from AT&T. This enables the car to have Wi-Fi hotspot for its passengers. Up to 7 tablets, laptops, or smartphones can connect to the hotspot to make those long rides more entertaining or even productive.
The hotspot works within 50 feet of the vehicle, so you do not have to be inside. This is great for tailgating, picnics, or job sites.
In addition to allowing consumers to bring in and connect to personal mobile devices, the vehicle can also act as its own mobile device, enabling embedded vehicle capabilities. After a quick look at the infotainment display, we noticed apps for Pandora, weather, and navigation.
Another noteworthy feature is Siri integration. With your iPhone connected via Bluetooth to the car, you can ask Siri some questions. If it's an audio-based question, she'll answer. GM does not want Siri to respond with visual-related responses because they do not want to distract the driver while they're driving. You can ask Siri to make phone calls, check calendar, or sports schedule as shown in the video. You can activate Siri by pressing and holding one of the buttons on the wheel.
Over 30 GM models will have 4G LTE built-in by end of 2014. The first GM cars, trucks and crossovers to get 4G LTE will be most 2015 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac models in the United States and Canada.
The cost for connecting a GM car will be the same as a tablet, $10 a month when added to a Mobile Share Value plan. Additionally, customers may be able to pick standalone options from the auto manufacturer or from AT&T
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