Popular Science Gives OnStar 4G LTE a Best of What’s New Award
Yesterday, General Motors announced that Popular Science has given GM’s OnStar 4G LTE Best of What’s New Award for its innovative technology that has been extended to more than thirty GM vehicles for 2015.
OnStar is no stranger to awards from Popular Science. Back in 1996, the year that OnStar launched, the brand won a Popular Science award for its first-generation hardware. Then again, ten years later in 2006, OnStar received another award, this time for Turn-by-Turn Navigation, which was the world’s first off-board navigation system.
“For 27 years, Popular Science has honored the innovations that surprise and amaze us − those that make a positive impact on our world today and challenge our view of whatʼs possible in the future,” commented Cliff Ransom, the editor-in-chief of Popular Science. “The Best of Whatʼs New award is the magazineʼs top honor, and the 100 winners − chosen from among thousands of entrants − each is a revolution in its field.”
OnStar 4G LTE was a big deal for 2015 GM models. It marked a shift from a 2G cellular to high-speed 4G LTE. The built-in Wi-Fi hotspot allows up to seven devices to be synced simultaneously, so that passengers can browse the web, play video games, work on homework, and more, all while riding safely in the vehicle.
“The Popular Science awards demonstrate OnStar’s continued commitment to remain a platform for future innovations,” said Mary Chan, president of Global Connected Consumer at GM. “Our growing list of core services, more than 1 million active RemoteLink app users and upcoming expansion of 4G LTE services to China and Europe echo this.”