It’s hard to believe no one beat General Motors to the punch when it comes to making embedded wireless connectivity standard in cars. Considering the modern world’s apparent need to be constantly connected, you’d expect someone would have thought of adding the feature earlier, but they didn’t, and now GM has been recognized as one of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in Automotive,” for it.
Fast Company handed GM the recognition, saying they are “effectively turning its vehicles into mobile phones on wheels.” About 90 percent of GM’s 2015-model year lineup is equipped with the technology, and the remaining vehicles are set to receive it next year.
You may be asking yourself why 4G LTE is necessary, considering the majority of consumers own a smart phone with internet access. Well, we spent the majority of our day in a 2015 model-year Chevrolet vehicle equipped with 4G LTE, and were able to get work done and listen to music, without delving into our very limited and expensive cell phone data. It’ll be helpful for those in a similar situations, or for families who road trip often. We’re expecting other automakers to soon follow suit, but just like an annoying YouTube commenters, GM will always be able to boast that they were first.