Chrysler to offer Wi-Fi in 2009 autos

How about a router for your car? The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Chrysler will announce today that it will offer Internet access in its 2009 Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep models.

How about a router for your car? The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Chrysler will announce today that it will offer Internet access in its 2009 Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep models. As someone who has been chided for texting while driving, I’m not sure I need the temptation.

According to the LAT, the automaker will employ a system called UConnect Web that will include a Wi-Fi router that will grab bandwidth from a 3G cellular network and deliver downloads of up to 800Kbps. Call it a CAN, for car area network.

The UConnect Web system will be an extension to Chrysler’s existing UConnect offering, which provides Bluetooth connectivity within the car. The automaker did not disclose pricing, but USA Today reports that UConnect Web will cost $449, plus installation fees of up to $50; monthly service will be about $30.

Of course, Chrysler says the in-car Net access is intended to be used only by passengers (or by drivers when the car is not in motion). Of course, drivers will do differently.

And for you war drivers out there, UConnect Web will give you an entirely new game.

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