OnStar has been named “Best of What’s New” by Popular Science for its high-speed 4G LTE connectivity, the third time the magazine has chosen OnStar for one of the annual awards.
Earlier this year OnStar announced its shift from a 2G cellular connection to high-speed 4G LTE connectivity, bringing improved advisor services and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot to vehicles.
The new technology allows customers to connect up to seven devices to the vehicle and use simultaneous voice and data. Currently, more than 30 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac 2015 models are equipped with the technology.
OnStar’s first Popular Science award came in 1996, the year the brand launched, for its first-generation hardware. OnStar earned its second award 10 years later for its Turn-by-Turn Navigation, the world’s first off-board navigation system.
This year’s award is for OnStar’s 10th generation hardware equipped with 4G LTE.
Customers using OnStar with 4G LTE can keep in touch with family, catch up on work or stream movies from the backseat. The service provides access to a powerful antenna that’s stronger than that of a smartphone, along with a Wi-Fi hotspot that operates without draining a mobile device’s battery.