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Bring Wi-Fi To Your Car

Imagine without a phone or laptop, you can still check your Facebook profile, upload pictures to Flickr and send tweets to friends, as a passenger of a moving vehicle…  Japanese drivers have been using in-car internet access since 1997 .  Really?!  In US – Auto makers have been working on the technology and trying to bring US consumers the infobahn to the autobahn

Auto maker adds internet access to new cars
Ford is working on its next-generation SYNC system to incorporate in-car Wi-Fi system powered by customer’s USB mobile broadband modem, turning entire car into hot spot.  Standard WPA2 (WiFi Protected Access 2) security protocols will be in force, with no additional hardware or subscriptions required…  (READ HERE…)

Mercedes has recently tested in Munich a fully Internet-based infotainment system, myCOMAND, via an LTE (Long Term Evolution) network which was built up supporting bandwidth of 5 to 25 Mbps when multiple vehicles are moving at average speeds of 40 km/h.  This is about 2 to 8 times greater than with today’s telecommunications networks. (READ HERE…)

BMW has been working on an Internet-connected iDrive, allowing drivers to copy maps and other information directly to the navigation system.  It will work through an EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution) mobile connection. (READ HERE…)

Chrysler will introduce its UConnect Web system to their new models, by using cellular and Wi-Fi technology to provide “instant access” to the internet.  Any wireless device and “all major gaming systems” will work with UConnect.  (READ HERE…)

With current 3G/4G mobile network, performing most of social networking activities in your car is as simple as twitting thumb on your phone.  However the ultimate drive to bring connectivity to cars, according to ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) – is to have cars communicate wirelessly with each other and with the road to increase safety, relieve congestion and manage traffic. Among other things, such a system would allow cars to track everything around them and respond accordingly to avoid collisions. It could also provide real-time traffic information — so drivers could avoid backups — and create a national system for paying tolls electronically.

Updated on January 19, 2010 – The PALM Pre Plus and its cousin, the thinner Pixi Plus, will go on sale January 25 and will be available only on Verizon’s wireless network. That’s a blow to Sprint, which currently is the exclusive U.S. carrier for Palm’s phones.  Both new phones will be able to do video recording and provide a Wi-Fi hotspots for other smartphones and laptops.

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