Chevrolet, Ford Expanding in-Car Wi-Fi Capabilities
Chevy owners and passengers streamed the equivalent of more than 17.5 million hours of video in 2016
March 7, 2017
DETROIT — Chevrolet recently announced that Chevy owners can get unlimited prepaid 4G data, including an OnStar Wi-Fi hotspot, for $20 a month. AT&T is the network provider enabling the service, after snagging the OnStar contract from longtime provider Verizon back in 2013, according to fierecewireless.com.
Chevrolet said that its owners and their passengers streamed the equivalent of more than 17.5 million hours of video in 2016. The OnStar Basic Plan is a standard feature on all new Chevrolet retail models.
At the recent Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, Ford announced a partnership with Vodafone to bring 4G LTE connectivity to vehicles in Europe with the new FordPass Connect built-in modem and Wi‑Fi hotspot. With an external antenna the Wi-Fi hotspot allows for up to 10 simultaneous connections.
The company will use Vodafone’s global SIM and Internet of Things platform to bring “enhanced safety, security, diagnostic and infotainment services” to Ford vehicles across Europe, and ensure compliance with strict new EU regulations for emergency services, according to the same article.