GM and AT&T Collaborate to Bring 5G to Vehicles

Connectivity rolls out on 2024 model year cars

General Motors and AT&T have announced they are working together to bring 5G connectivity to millions of GM vehicles over the coming decade in the United States.

The collaboration was detailed on GM’s Corporate Newsroom blog, which states the 5G connectivity will roll out in certain 2024 model-year vehicles. The collaboration is part of the two companies' intent to "launch the world’s largest fleet of 5G-enabled vehicles.”

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The 5G network will bring better roadway coverage, faster music and video downloads at a higher quality, enhanced navigation service, and secure over-the-air updates for the vehicles. GM also said 2019 model-year vehicles that are 4G-LTE capable will benefit as well, since they will experience faster speeds and performance.

Some of the makes that will benefit from this new venture are Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac, all of which are owned by General Motors. 2019 model year vehicles of these particular makes will be able to move over to the 5G infrastructure once available.

GM and AT&T will be using Microsoft cloud services to provide scalability and security for the 5G network.

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General Motors and AT&T have worked together in the past to establish 4G connectivity for recent car models. 4G capability launched in 2014, and according to GM, car owners have utilized more than 170 million gigabytes of data since then.

The GM and AT&T partnership seeks to set the standard for automotive connectivity by establishing a network that meets the "needs of an all-electric and autonomous future."

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