Auto Brands Introduce Cars With Wifi: Perfect for Family Travel
Last month, I attended the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and was given an inside view at the latest technology and gadget innovations hundreds of brands are offering now and in the near future. One trend that I saw a lot during the show was the addition of 4G LTE WIFI being offered in automobiles. As car brands work on making their vehicles safer, more intuitive, and more integrated with our lives, they are coming up with ways to keep us handsfree while plugged into our ever growing social world.
Automobile brands Audi and Chevrolet introduced vehicles that will have AT&T 4G LTE inside the car. This will basically make your car a mobile hotspot, allowing all of your gadgets to be connected to the vehicle’s Internet hub. For long trips in the car, this is perfect. Your kids can stream parent approved movies and shows on tablets via Hulu, Netflix, and more, which may cut down on those “are we there yet, moments”.
What’s more, in the Chevrolet Impala and other vehicles will have the ChevyAppShop available so that you can completely put away the phone and use the car to plug-into your favorite apps while you drive. This system is totally voice activated, and it can read emails, texts, give turn-by-turn directions, and so much more. It turns the car into a smartcar just like your smartphone.
When your car can turn your phone into a feature it can use in the car while it is put away, it adds to the safety of everyone driving. No longer having to even look at your phone, the phone becomes a part of the car—allowing for complete handsfree usage.
For long family trips in the car, I can seeing this new feature in cars being something many parents will be opting for in their next vehicle. Other car manufacturers at CES like Toyota, Ford, and Kia also had similar offerings. Toyota Entune works much like the ChevyAppShop, and is something that is already in many of their cars on the road currently.
What do you think about car hotspots? Would you opt to have this in your next car?