2015 Chevy Vehicles Will Feature OnStar 4G LTE and AppShop
In the early going of this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Chevrolet was quick to drop a bombshell on attendees: Chevy’s 2015 lineup will feature built-in OnStar 4G LTE and AppShop. This means that your 2015 Chevrolet vehicle isn’t just a mode of transportation: it’s a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot that you can connect to remotely with any number of mobile devices and can keep you informed on the go with a variety of useful tools.
OnStar 4G LTE and AppShop services are being announced for the 2015 Corvette, Impala, Malibu, and Volt as an available option that will allow for high-speed vehicle diagnostics and in-vehicle downloads. Auto Blog reports that the service will be made available later on the Equinox, Silverado, Silverado HD, and on both the gasoline and EV version of the Spark. Additionally, it is assumed that the Traverse, Cruze, Sonic, and Camaro will get the LTE treatment later on down the line.
The Chevy AppShop will feature a number of available apps for those looking to be informed on the go, including The Weather Channel, Priceline.com, CitySeeker, and streaming audio from iHeartRadio, Slacker, and NPR among others. The AppShop was developed using the SDK offered by GM to potential developers at last year’s CES show. The only bad news: Mary Chan, president of GM’s Global Connected Consumer business unit told USA Today that the AppShop will not be backwards compatible for previous model year Chevys.
“We’re not announcing the specific pricing plan, but the options are there for customers to purchase a data plan either separately, or directly with AT&T or OnStar,” Chan added.
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