Audi and General Motors Enhance 2015 Vehicles with Connect Technology
AT&T and Audi have joined together to produce the first automobile with a data plan. The Audi A3 Sedan will be the first vehicle in North America that will have the capability of having a data plan with a free six month trial period. Consumers of $99 for six-month plan which will include five gigabytes of data. For consumers who want a longer contract have a option of 30 gigabytes for $499 for a 30-month.
This new infotainment feature will take hands free operating to a new level. This will allow drivers to stay on top of news through picture navigation screens, personal Reality Simple Syndication News, stay updated with Facebook and Twitter, and connect with web radio stations. This device will essentially allow drivers to enjoy smartphone pleasures while reducing their need to look at their smart phone.
The new Audi Connect technology will make drivers aware of traffic and weather alerts. The primary source of satellite and voice search will be through Google which will also provide Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices.
Audi will not be the only dealer with the new 4G LTE feature. Cadillac has announced the 2015 ATS Coupe will be the first vehicle to introduce the company’s OnStar 4G LTE system and Cadillac CUE Collection of apps when it goes on sale this summer. Additional pricing and data packages for OnStar 4G LTE will be announced later in 2014.
Chevrolet is expected to have the most vehicles with the new 4G Lte technology. 2015 Chevrolet Corvette, Impala, Malibu, and Volt would be the first General Motors’ vehicles to come optionally equipped with OnStar 4G LTE. They will be followed by the Equinox, Silverado, Silverado HD, Spark and Spark EV. In the Canadian market, OnStar with 4G LTE will be introduced on the Chevrolet Trax as well. The majority of the 2015 Chevrolet lineup in the U.S and Canada will have a 4G LTE connection built-in at vehicle launch. More models will be announced later this year.
The Audi Connect feature will be available in April 2014.