The largest U.S. automaker, General Motors (NYSE:GM) will be bringing 4G to its cars next year.
The new system will take OnStar — and its current 6 million subscribers — beyond the already recognized providing of emergency services and navigation. Cars with 4G LTE enabled will be able to provide wifi hotspots and maintain even streaming video connections while the system is live.
“This is a big deal. They want to actually have embedded connectivity in their connected vehicles rather than relying on a mobile phone going forward, that’s a pretty big shift in terms of where other vehicle manufacturers are today,” analyst Thilo Koslowski told Bloomberg.
The new connection has only been announced for U.S. and Canadian cars. GM hopes to make similar announcements for other markets in the next several months.