, both companies said that this will meet the needs of GM’s future electric cars. The upgrade will be a big part of GM’s strategy for growth in the market. Here’s more information about the benefits of 5G connectivity and when to expect the updates.
, this is AT&T’s first 5G connected car deal. Over the next 10 years, the companies expect to have millions of vehicles come off the assembly line with 5G. AT&T will be a key part of ensuring that the network connectivity can support GM’s plans.
GM announced that it’ll equip its first cars with 5G for the 2024 model year. That means you might be able to see the first vehicles with this connectivity in 2023. 2019 and newer GM vehicles that currently have 4G LTE connections will get a big upgrade.
Gregory Wieboldt, senior vice president of Global Business, Industry Solutions for AT&T, said that "By connecting millions of GM vehicles to our nationwide 5G network, we will improve the customer experience for existing services while laying the groundwork for the next wave of innovation including autonomous driving."
In short, 5G technology will offer faster speeds for downloading music, videos, and maps for navigation services. This will be useful for autonomous driving technology that relies on real-time road data.
GM said that only "select" 2024 vehicles would include the 5G technology built-in, according to CNET. GM promised that older cars will still receive faster speeds and performance improvements through a 5G update.
According to Fierce Wireless, Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac LTE-enabled vehicles from the 2019 model year or newer can easily shift to 5G once it’s available. GM will also start to provide some other automakers with access to their 5G network. Right now, Honda is an automaker that will be able to connect over the network.
The future is exciting for drivers who like cars with high-tech capabilities. You can expect more automakers to consider adding 5G to their own electric and autonomous cars.
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