GM and AT&T Collaborate, Ford Gets Spotify
In the U.S. and Canada, GM will partner with AT&T to imbed 4G LTE in 2015 models that will roll into showrooms next year. The technology will allow mobile Wi-Fi hotspots, more infotainment connections and more advanced OnStar service options.
"Longer term, the higher bandwidth and responsiveness of 4G LTE, with speeds 10 times faster than 3G, will support a wide range of car-specific apps and functions, both those already in development and those we haven't imagined yet," said Steve Girsky, General Motors Vice Chairman.
Girsky announced the deal at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Not surprisingly, this move is big news in the telecom world where expanding into the auto business has long been a primary goal. For the mobile phone industry, app makers and content providers, the prospect of reaching millions of people sitting in cars is a huge market they are actively targeting. It's the reason Ford recently announced is actively courting mobile app makers. In fact, at the same convention in Spain, Ford announced its Sync System will soon have a Spotify App. The streaming music service has 20 million users worldwide and being part of the Ford Sync AppLink system is an important expansion.
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Too Much Distraction?
Despite a flurry of tragic stories in recent years about deadly accidents involving distracted driving, connectivity in the car keeps growing. The frightening statistics are also growing showing distracted driving is a growing problem on American roads.
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