DETROIT -- General Motors Co. will use Verizon Communications Inc.'s 4G LTE wireless network to reshape the way it tests vehicles at the Milford Proving Grounds in suburban Detroit. The company also could tap the 4G network to improve OnStar.
Currently during a road test, an engineer captures raw data from sensors on a laptop inside the car. When the road test is finished, the engineer must drive back to a home base at the proving grounds and upload the data to servers for analysis.
That will change. "With 4G, you can upload and download data wirelessly in real time on the road," says David Poirier, GM services information officer. Verizon is launching the 4G network in suburban Detroit and 37 other major metropolitan areas by the end of the year. Poirier says adding 4G wireless service is "within the scope of current contracts" GM has with Verizon.