One of the major automotive announcements at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas is Chevrolet’s plans to support LTE in their vehicles and integrate their new app store, called AppShop, into many of their 2015 vehicles. Andy from Chevrolet takes a few minutes to give us an overview of the system in a new Chevrolet Impala and takes us through some of the features.
Despite being in the extremely busy Las Vegas Convention Center, AT&T’s 4G service was able to provide all of the necessary data to the MyLink system in the Impala. The system is not instantaneous, taking up to 10 to 15 seconds for app menus to load and data to download.
Current apps include Glympse, Weather.com, and iHeartRadio. There is also a new vehicle diagnostics app designed to take the wonder out of warning lights and makes scheduling service appointments a breeze. Additionally, the LTE connection in the vehicle will allow for remote-start anywhere in the world, plus diagnostic and usage information from the web.
The vehicle will be able to be added to existing AT&T data plans, or purchased separately. Pricing has not been announced, but we would expect it to be similar to what they charge for al la carte data on the iPads. Currently that is $14.99/month for 250MB of data or $30.00/month for 3GB.
Starting with 2015 model year vehicles, LTE and AppShop will be available in many Chevrolet vehicles. Throughout the show we managed to try it both in a Corvette and an Impala, and functionality is the same. We look forward to seeing further development of the platform and from their partnership with Google.