The fast-speed network is expected to improve roadway-centric coverage, provide faster, more reliable over-the-air software updates, faster music and video downloads with higher quality and faster navigation, mapping and voice services.
“GM and AT&T are working together to set the benchmark for automotive connectivity with a fifth-generation cellular network architecture to meet the needs of an all-electric and autonomous future,” the companies said in a statement.
“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. “We now connect more vehicles than any other carrier and GM has played a critical role in our success. We’re honored to work alongside GM to usher the next chapter of connected driving.”
Additionally, 2019 and newer GM vehicles will receive faster speeds and several performance benefits from the formal 5G network as part of a larger update.
In another auto update, senators have urged the Federal Trade Commission to further investigate Tesla’s self-driving claims.