OnStar Advanced Telematics Operating System (ATOMS)

The Onstar-Verizon prototype offers a broad range of Cloud-enabled application options (Photo: GM)

General Motors' OnStar and Verizon Wireless showed a research vehicle at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that provides users with access to Cloud-based streaming content.

The US carmaker's telematics unit has teamed up with Verizon, a major US mobile network operator, to bring fast 4G connectivity into the automotive environment. The aim was tdevelop "a more holistic Cloud connected in-vehicle experience," GM said in a press release.

The two companies showed a version of the electric Chevrolet Volt in Las Vegas that builds on OnStar's Advanced Telematics Operating System (ATOMS) and accesses the Cloud through Verizon's 4G LTE network.

The Volt prototype gives passenger access to streaming content from their home computer and allows them to share that content throughout the vehicle. In the car, users can independently control of their infotainment, using a new human machine interface. Rear passengers, moreover, can make Skype video calls from the car

The GM-Verizon prototypealso features new in-vehicle energy-management applications; access to remote vehicle information and services; realt-time diagnostics and so-called Eco Routing; and the ability to control home energy systems from the car.

"These applications are just a glimpse of what is possible when you combine the cloud computing capabilities of OnStar and the power of the Verizon 4G LTE network,” said OnStar President Linda Marshall.