Drivers and passengers can now access 4G LTE Wi-Fi internet, thanks to General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) division Chevrolet’s assertion that several of its models have been fitted with the connection.
According to information on the company website, the new General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) service is “fast, easy and reliable” and is capable of supporting up to seven devices. The models that already have the connection are Volt, Malibu, Impala, Corvette and Equinox with several others getting fitted with the system soon.
Many people however fear that the system has the potential of causing more harm than good, particularly because of the fact that many drivers will be distracted. As things stand now, there are several things that distract drivers. From mobile devices to dashboard video screens, drivers have too much to handle when they are actually supposed to be focusing on the road.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said in a recent report that
“Chevy can add its 4G Wi-Fi to the list of things drivers can use while they should be watching the road. The popularity of mobile devices has had some unintended and even dangerous consequences. We now know that mobile communications are linked to a significant increase in distracted driving, resulting in injury and loss of life.”
The irony pointed out by several analysts is that General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) is also behind the manufacture of cars that are able to detect distracted driving. The company is said to have gone into an agreement with Seeing Machines Limited (LON:SEE) to supply tracking devices to be used in the manufacture of the said cars.
General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) even went ahead to publish information on its website saying that lack of focus and too much distraction is a known cause of road accidents.
With the 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection now rolling out anyway, it’s believed that demand for the vehicles will rise, but many researchers will be focusing on establishing how safe the service really is.
This article has been written by Victor Ochieng.