General Motors and AT&T will bring 5G cellular connectivity to millions of GM vehicles in the United States over the next decade to facilitate the needs of electric and autonomous vehicles. The two companies are building a high performance 5G core network that will deliver enhanced roadway-centric coverage, faster music and video downloads (with higher quality), quicker, more reliable, and secure over-the-air software updates, and faster navigation, mapping, and voice services.

5G connectivity will be available first in select model year 2024 vehicles. Model year 2019 and newer vehicles equipped with 4G LTE will also benefit from the new network – experiencing faster connectivity speeds, and many of the performance benefits of future 5G-equipped vehicles. Current Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac owners in the U.S. with 4G LTE-capable model year 2019 and newer vehicles can easily migrate to the new network infrastructure once available. AT&T have also said that they will collaborate with Microsoft to integrate its 5G network with Microsoft’s own cloud services.

The rollout of this network is the culmination of a two-year collaboration between GM and AT&T, including the test-driving of connected vehicles in GM’s 5G proving grounds in Milford, Michigan.

The 4G LTE and 5G network improvements play an important role in the future of GM’s growing over-the-air update strategy. The new 5G network will also work to advance its own technologies, including Super Cruise and its Vehicle Intelligence Platform.

Author: Jack Dunkley