LIVE FROM CES 2016: General Motors (GM) CEO Mary Barra heralded the company’s status as the leader in the connected car space while unveiling its new Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle.
“OnStar has now responded to more than one billion customer requests since we pioneered the connected car back in 1996,” said Barra. She stated that in the US and Canada its Chevrolet brand alone has nearly 4 million vehicles with embedded LTE, while GM last year sold seven times as many 4G connected vehicles than the rest of the US’ auto industry.
“Last year 1.2 billion smartphones were sold around the world. So imagine the power of combining connectivity and electrification in an automobile at an affordable price.”
That was the cue for Barra to introduce on stage the new $30,000 BoltEV, the first all-electric vehicle to support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
“We see the Bolt EV as more than just a car,” said Barra. “It’s an upgradeable platform for new technology”.
GM’s launch comes in the same week it said it will invest $500 million in Lyft and laid out plans to develop an on-demand network of self-driving cars with the ride-sharing service.
“The auto industry will change more in the next 5-10 years than it has in the last 50,” predicted Barra.