If you’ve ever taken a road trip, you know what a challenge it can be to keep yourself or your children entertained for hours, especially without access to Wi-Fi. Sure you have your smartphone, but staring at a tiny screen with spotty service soon becomes as uncomfortable and frustrating as not being able to stretch your legs beyond the confines of the car. Even business trips can be irritating, especially if you have a deadline and you just can’t seem to successfully send that email! Chevrolet is looking to make your driving experience more enjoyable by essentially turning your car into a Wi-Fi hotspot on wheels.
Chevrolet partnered with AT&T and OnStar to bring you built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi that can accommodate up to seven devices with a fast, reliable connection. Imagine cruising cross-country for a family vacation while your kids play interactive games and you pull over to search for a hole-in-the-wall burger joint to check out because you’re sick of having Burger King for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Looking up directions is a breeze with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, saving you from the frustration of fumbling with stubborn navigation devices and maps. Seriously, who still uses maps?
I have firsthand experience with the new 4G LTE Wi-Fi equipped Chevrolet Impala when I was in Austin, TX for the SXSW festival and I was increasingly impressed with the car each time I hopped in one for a complimentary ride. The ride was smooth and the car was seemingly packed with everything you could ever need in a car. From the 8-inch touch screen to the USB ports and SD card reader, Chevrolet thought of everything! In my opinion though, the available built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi was the most compelling feature, allowing you to stay connected no matter where you are.
As far as specs and pricing go, the exact speeds are not clear, however, Chevrolet says the Wi-Fi will have a fast, reliable connection that is more powerful than a smartphone. I did some digging and was able to find that GM outlined data plan pricing for OnStar 4G LTE-equipped vehicles as follows:
However, if you are an existing AT&T customer you will be able to add your 4G LTE-equipped vehicle to a Mobile Share Plan for $10 per month.
For now, the 4G LTE is available only on the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu and 2015 Chevrolet Impala but it will soon be coming to the rest of the fleet later in the model year.
Chevrolet is merging the physical freedom of the car with the virtual freedom of Wi-Fi to become the first and only car company to bring built in 4G LTE Wi-Fi to the largest vehicle line-up. Visit http://s.chevy.com/TBX to learn more.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chevrolet. The opinions and text are all mine.