Along with announcing the opening of a new call center as well as a plethora of new OnStar services at the 12th annual Guangzhou International Auto Show, Shanghai OnStar — GM’s China-based telematics subsidiary — is also demonstrating its in-vehicle 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot functionality.
Having launched 4G LTE with Wi-Fi in the U.S. and Canada, The General will begin offering OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi “in a Cadillac model in 2015”, according to the automaker. The 4G LTE connection will not only improve the speed and performance of existing OnStar services, but will also enable the built-in, in-car Wi-Fi network, to which occupants can connect their devices and browse the web, or do anything else that requires an internet connection.
The Wi-Fi network provides a secure and reliable high-speed internet connection for seven devices with mobile data speeds up to 10 times faster than last-generation 3G speeds. Users will be able to connect their mobile devices to the Wi-Fi hotspot while up to 15 meters away from their vehicles, and the service “will create infinite possibilities for building an ecosystem around the connected vehicle and a platform for an intelligent transportation system in the future”, according to GM.