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Definition: connected car


(1) A future automotive infrastructure whereby vehicles communicate with high-tech roads, intersections, signs and stop lights. See self-driving car.

(2) A vehicle that provides Internet access to all the mobile devices used by the driver and passengers. It accesses the Internet via cellular or satellite communications and provides tablet-sized screens for passengers or a Wi-Fi hotspot for passengers' own devices. See telematics and smart car.




GM Was the First
Starting in 2014, General Motors was the first car maker in the U.S. to offer an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot via an AT&T 4G cellular connection. This 2015 Buick ad touts the service. (Image courtesy of General Motors.)