Chevrolet with LTE 4G: Life on the road with Wi-Fi

A car… a car with 4G Wi-Fi …

Mom: “Okay everyone! It’s almost time to leave for our 9-hour road trip to Maine! Can we run through our quick checklist?”

Son 1: “Sure, Mom! Let’s see… music?”

Mom: “Check! I can access Pandora through my cell phone and plug it into the car’s speakers.”

Son 1: “Movies?”

Son 2: “Check! We can stream on our tablets via Netflix and Amazon and watch nearly anything we want!”

Mom: “Books?”

Son 1: “Check! Almost finished the last book in my series. Not sure what I’ll read next, but I’m not worried, I’ll just download a book onto my Kindle when the time is right.”

Son 2: “Directions?”

Mom: “No problem! I’ll pull up Google Maps. Oh! And I didn’t make a reservation for a hotel yet. If we feel like we’ll need to stop, we’ll just jump on the Internet and book it somewhere.”

Daugther: “Okay, everyone ready to go?”

Son 1: “Almost. I need to finish typing my essay so that I can submit for Language Arts before the due date at midnight, but I can do that from the car on my laptop.”

Daughter: “Great… all we need is Daddy. Anyone know where Daddy is?”

Dad: “Coming!” he runs up, head deep in his laptop. “Still working on this spreadsheet for work that I’m dialed into via Citrix. You okay driving the first few hours?”

Mom: “Sure honey! Seatbelts on everyone? Wi-Fi connected?”

But maybe that isn’t so much of a dream anymore. Because Chevrolet is the first automotive company to bring 4G LTE Wi-Fi into their cars, trucks and crossover vehicles, and they’re rolling it out in their newest models through OnStar, providing Wi-Fi for up to 7 devices. For a family that road trips several times a year, this is definitely something to put on our list of wants.

I remember just a few years ago, pulling up to McDonald’s for pitstops and jumping on Wi-Fi on our iPods to pull up a local map or check emails. These days, we drain our phone’s batteries and, usually more frustratingly, our broadband plan minutes while on vacation as we access GPS and necessary road trip apps. But with built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi in our cars, we’ll be able to access nearly anything we need without hurting our cell phone plans.

The bonus of streaming movies, shows, music and games is huge for road tripping families. No longer will we need to plan and pack in-car entertainment for a 9-hour trip, it will all be available whenever and however we want to use it.

The OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot is currently available in 10 Chevrolet models, including the Equinox and the Impala, and coming soon to an additional six models. Obviously, the hotspot is meant to be used by passengers and not the driver when operating a vehicle. Neither Julieverse nor Chevrolet condone distracted driving.

Chevrolet is merging the physical freedom of the car with the virtual freedom of Wi-Fi to become the first and only car company to bring built in 4G LTE Wi-Fi to the largest vehicle line-up. Visit http://s.chevy.com/TBX to learn more.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chevrolet. The opinions and text are all mine.

mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchandiser with Chloe + Isabel (jewelryverse.com) and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

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