As the idea of the connected car gains momentum, it’s interesting to see where the automotive pundits lie when it comes to the added functionality that would come with in-car high-speed Internet services.
GM Chief Infotainment Officer Phil Abram has announced his case for 4G inside cars as a way to replicate the smartphone experience. The company has opted to integrate 4G LTE service into its 2015 Buick models, followed by Chevrolet and Dodge. The fees for the service will be added to the OnStar telematics packages.
Audi is also on the 4G bandwagon, debuting the option in its 2015 A3 car. It has introduced the idea of an in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot that will support up to eight devices, and is talking about data-intensive navigation features such as Google Earth overlays.
And Volvo is in the mix with a new tablet-like touchscreen for its new generation of Sensus infotainment in the 2016 Volvo XC90. It’s something that reviewers at The Car Connection are calling the best infotainment system yet because it offers native support for Apple CarPlay, Pandora and Spotify, as well as 80,000 Internet radio stations.
Then there are the latest in-car applications for Bluetooth Smart including the soon-to-be-ubiquitous infotainment systems. For example, Tata Motors in India plans to integrate Samsung’s Drive Link app in its 2015 models in which dashboard screens can mirror the smartphone screen. You can also check out what’s coming down the connected car front from Nokia here.
What can we conclude from this? Simply that in-car communications is stretching way beyond navigation and safety functions. Now it’s all about having fast, high definition video streaming so everybody’s happy – including automotive companies who can generate additional revenues for monthly services.
What do you think? Would you spend an extra $50 a month for in-car high-speed Internet?
By the Cel-Fi Team