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Live video chat while driving? Might be a thing of the near future

Max Smith, wtop.com

WASHINGTON — There could be one more distraction to add to the list of gadgets that can distract drivers from the road.

Onstar is set to demonstrate in-car video chats and live video streaming in a Chevy Volt.

It says the prototype applications will be put in the demo car at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in the second week of January.

At last year’s show, the company said any video features would be designed to only be active in the back seat, unless the car is in park.

Onstar is working with Verizon Wireless to give cars their own connection to Verizon’s 4G LTE network, and “to focus on the in-vehicle experience” for everyone riding inside.

The 4G connection could also be used to control Internet-connected home thermostats.

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