BMW designs car with wireless LAN

BMW designs car with wireless LAN

Summary: The car manufacturer has teamed up with Hewlett-Packard to produce a BMW that comes with its own wireless network connection

TOPICS: Emerging Tech
BMW and HP are buddying up to provide the latest in executive toys -- a car that comes with its own wireless LAN in the back.

The car, which also comes with Bluetooth thrown in, is aimed at politicians and top execs who want to use their tablet PCs to surf the net and send emails when being chauffeured around.

The car can connect via GSM or GPRS and has roaming to boot for the cost conscious exec -- though one would suspect that anyone who can afford a chauffer-driven BMW wouldn't be overly cost conscious.

No pricing information is available and the car isn't yet on sale but the two companies hope to see it hit forecourts soon. The theory is that the technology should make its way down to lower-end models in the future, with salespeople using their PDAs to get connected.

Tunnels shouldn't pose too much of a problem either, with the set-up designed to keep all applications "in a state where they think they're connected" if the signal drops out, an HP spokesman said.

One other application for the in-car technology might not prove so popular. The manufacturers speculate that the system might interest the police -- so that they can catch drivers speeding and put a ticket in the post via the network in seconds.

Topic: Emerging Tech

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  • OK, no one wants a smart device that tells cops you've been speeding. What about GPRS enabled cars? That should discourage car theft on the grounds that anyone would instantly know the location of a stolen car.

    Bad news for thieves. Great news for the likes of us, who'd invariably ask for premium reductions from our car insurers.

    Would cops like it? Depends on whether they'd like to switch to solving crime...from giving speeding tickets.
  • what about the eHome, BMW should be latching onto that too. I would like my future home (garrage) to know when the car is in, and 'ask' the car (wirelessly) what the type pressure is like, petrol level, etc...

    thats what the wireless link should be for, not just internet pda surfing - how boring!

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  • Great ideas. Let's just hope BMW learnt from their previous experiment of doing it all with Windows CE. Don't want a repeat incident of that guy getting locked inside his own car and having to break his way out now do we?