General Motors and AT&T are partnering to bring 5G connectivity to millions of GM vehicles coming off the assembly lines over the next decade in the U.S. The first vehicles available with the enhancement will be the 2024 model vehicles.
The collaboration will also allow current 4G LTE-equipped model year 2019 and newer vehicles to connect much faster, with many of the same performance benefits of the future 5G-equipped vehicles.
The rollout is part of GM and AT&T’s strategy to launch the world’s largest fleet of 5G-enabled vehicles, culminating a two-year collaboration, including test-driving connected vehicles at GM’s 5G proving grounds in Michigan.
The 4G LTE and 5G network improvements are foundational for GM’s overall innovation and growth plan. It will be able to provide more advanced features and technology enhancements, such as its Super Cruise and its Vehicle Intelligence Platform.
“Together with AT&T, we’ve brought unprecedented experiences to the daily commute, family road trips and everything in between. As an in-vehicle connectivity leader, this rollout demonstrates our commitment to growth through software-enabled services and reimagining every customer touchpoint by enabling faster connectivity speeds to power in-vehicle and voice-enabled services, navigation and apps that our customers have grown to love,” said Santiago Chamorro, GM vice president of Global Connected Services.
AT&T and GM have been working together since 2014, when they launched in-vehicle wi-fi hotspots. In 2020, the companies added the WarnerMedia library of streaming premium content.
“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,” said Gregory Wieboldt, senior vice president, Global Business, Industry Solutions at AT&T.
General Motors has a number of manufacturing facilities in the Southern U.S. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky, while GM builds the Acadia, Cadillac XT5 and XT6 at its Spring Hill, Tennessee, facility. In Texas, GM makes the Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV, the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban and the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL in Arlington.