On the OEM Side At CES…

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Chevy and Audi announced new plans for putting 4G in their vehicles this year while AT&T said it will recognize a car on its data sharing plans for 4G LTE.

AT&T did not give details or pricing on adding a car to your data plan, however.  That will likely come by summer as GM said it would being rolling out 4G service embedded in its radios starting this summer, using AT&T’s LTE network.

Eight Chevy models will get 4G including the Impala, Spark, Silverado, Equinox, Corvette Stingray, Volt, and Orlando.  GM announced last year it plans to roll out 4G to many car models.

Also Audi, Monday said the A3 will be the first car to get embedded 4G LTE in the U.S., again through AT&T.

Meanwhile, Audi has been using dual and quad core chips in its cars from NVIDIA. But it will seriously up the car’s infotainment processing power as it plans to use NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 chip with 192 cores!

Also Google announced the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) to speed up integration with Android devices in the car.  Alliance members include Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and NVIDIA. to form the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), a global alliance aimed at accelerating auto innovation with an approach that offers openness, customization and scale.

“Putting Android in the car will bring drivers apps and services they already know and love, while enabling automakers to more easily deliver cutting-edge technology to their customers. And it will create new opportunities for developers to extend the variety and depth of the Android app ecosystem in new, exciting and safe ways,” said the Android announcement.
Google is encouraging other auto and tech companies to join the alliance. See  openautoalliance.net
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