Best known for connecting drivers to live operators in case of emergency, OnStar will start using AT&T in its 2015 models.
The two companies, GM and AT&T, are suppose to discuss their partnership today at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona.
For most of its Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac models, GM is hoping to increase car sales and OnStar subscriptions by expanding its package offers to include more applications such as video streaming for passengers.
Phil Abram, a GM executive director, has said, “[We are] also looking into possibilities such as wirelessly sending customers alerts about possible engine problems or sending data or even video from a car to the owner’s mobile device to show what’s going on next to the vehicle in case of any problems.”
GM said that Verizon Wireless, which has been GM’s wireless provider since 1996, would still support OnStar services for all existing Gm Vehicles and any new GM vehicles before the 2015 model year.
Abram declined comment on exactly why the company was switching to AT&T after so many years with Verizon; however, he did say, “AT&T’s vision with what we want to do with the connected vehicle was very highly aligned.”
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