With the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) well underway , OnStar unveiled some prototype applications for what it believes will be the future of in-vehicle entertainment, communications and safety by taking advantage of Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network.
“The true broadband speed of the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network gives our engineers the freedom to re-imagine the world of connected in-vehicle services in the future,” said OnStar President Chris Preuss. “While we haven’t decided yet which of these demonstration features OnStar will offer or when, these prototype applications show just some of what’s possible when we combine our 15 years experience in developing safe, secure and leading edge connected mobility solutions with the speed and agility of Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network. Any future services from OnStar will also meet our high standards for safety – making sure that drivers’ hands are on the wheel and their eyes are on the road.”
Some of the innovative services OnStar says are now possible with new network speeds include:
- Vehicle monitoring – Cameras mounted throughout the interior and exterior of the car allow remote viewing of what is happening in and around your parked vehicle through a smartphone or PC.
- Impact detection – The research vehicle has the ability to send live video to secure servers in the cloud from each of its six cameras placed around the exterior and interior of the vehicle. This is triggered by events around the car or by an application on a smartphone. When an impact such as a parking lot fender-bender is detected, the vehicle transmits a video clip, helping to identify the offending driver.
- Home monitoring and control – Keep an eye on your home by connecting to security cameras in real-time through the 4Home service. Control the thermostat, lights and other home systems from your vehicle – “preset” scenes allow you to condition your home when you leave, before you return or when you’re leaving for an extended period of time.
- Electronic User’s Guide – Learn how to operate and maintain your vehicle through videos streamed on demand to the dashboard.
- Video chat – Make a video call using Skype to connect with family, friends or colleagues.
- Traffic view – A voice-operated navigation system goes beyond calculating the best route by displaying live traffic-cam images from TrafficLand to spot congestion before you get stuck in a backup.
Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network launched early last month and promised average download data rates of 5 to 12Mbps and upload rates of 2 to 5 Mbps.
The applicatiosn unveiled by OnStar are the result of collaboration with Verizon Wireless’ to develop innovative products that take advantage of the 4G LTE network.