With built-in OnStar 4G LTE capability, Buick is claiming its 2015 LaCrosse sedan is “leading the way,” in the “evolution of the family road trip.” Only 22 percent of Americans still use printed maps to find their way around, and the LaCrosse’s 4G LTE hotspot allows passengers to connect their mobile device and pull up Google Maps or another map application when they lose their way.
“Road trips today are greatly changed from the ones we took with our families 20, 10 or even five years ago,” said John McFarland, director of Global Connected Customer. “Navigation alone makes choosing stops much easier, and now with built-in connectivity, travelers have an abundance of information and entertainment at their fingertips.”
With an ever-increasing reliance on technology to find our way around, having a strong Wi Fi or cellphone signal connection is important, especially when road-tripping. Additionally, 74 percent of tablets sold this year will be Wi-Fi only and 91 percent of all tablets used in North America are also used as Wi Fi only, Buick says, which makes a strong case for having a Wi Fi hotspot in your car, where many spend a good portion of their day.
OnStar’s 4G LTE technology will find its way into many of the products in the General Motors portfolio. It allows passengers to connect up to seven mobile devices such as tablets, laptops and smartphones and is standard on the 2015 LaCrosse and the recently-released 2015 Malibu. It will be available on the LaCrosse, Buick Verano, Regal, and Encore for the 2015 model year and will be available on all 2016 Buicks, GM says.