Enabling the GM AppShop and in-car Wi-Fi hotspot, the upcoming launch of OnStar’s 4G LTE connectivity in certain 2015 model year GM vehicles will coincide with the introduction of the tenth-generation OnStar hardware in those products. The new generation of OnStar componentry replaces ninth-generation hardware and enables voice along with 4G LTE data services.
“We are focused on constantly improving the OnStar service so that the system continues to remain a trusted value-add for GM drivers,” said Terry Inch, chief operating officer, OnStar. “4G LTE will enable the most powerful OnStar connection ever.”
First launched in 1996, OnStar was a pioneer in the automotive industry by incorporating connectivity into the vehicle itself. Currently, OnStar Advisors respond to approximately 185,000 calls every day, or more than two calls every second.
OnStar is standard across the 2014 GM lineup. Additionally, the OnStar RemoteLink smartphone app, which allows owners to lock or unlock doors, activate the horn and lights, and remotely start a properly-equipped vehicle, is included for five years for properly-equipped GM vehicles in the United States.