LAS VEGAS--General Motors announced its first LTE-enabled vehicles--the Impala, Corvette Stingray, Equinox, Malibu, Spark, Spark RV, Silverado, Silverado HD, the Volt and the Orlando--that it will begin selling this summer. The vehicles are the first to come from GM's new partnership with AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T), announced at last year's Mobile World Congress.
The new Chevrolet App Shop will let car buyers customize their car with GM-approved apps such as NPR, Priceline.com, the Weather Channel, iHeart Radio and more.
Speaking at a media event here in conjunction with the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, Alan Batey, the executive vice president of Chevrolet, said the company will connect the majority of its 2015 U.S. fleet of vehicles to AT&T's LTE network. In addition, he said that up to seven devices will be able to connect to the Internet using the car's LTE connection as a hotspot.
AT&T Mobility President and CEO Ralph de la Vega, who also spoke at the media event, said that AT&T will allow customers to add their LTE-enabled vehicles to their Mobile Share plans as an additional device, similar to a tablet or smartphone. AT&T said it will announce pricing for LTE-enabled vehicles when they debut this summer.
In addition, Batey announced that GM has also launched the Chevrolet App Shop, which will let car buyers customize their car with GM-approved apps such as NPR, Priceline.com, the Weather Channel, iHeart Radio and more. Batey said that the company is looking for app developer partners to add to the Chevrolet App Shop's portfolio of apps. He also added that the company will evaluate all aps for safety before placing them in the App Shop. "If we cannot introduce the app safely, we won't introduce it at all," Batey said. "We want customers to get the apps quickly but also to be able to focus on the road."
Last February, GM announced that it was replacing Verizon Wireless' (NYSE:VZ) service with AT&T Mobility's service in its OnStar offering beginning in 2014. Verizon had powered OnStar's service since it launched in the 1990s.
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