Backseat squabbling stalls internet car

Web-enabled vehicle blows a gasket...

Web-enabled vehicle blows a gasket...

Media giant Vivendi is ditching its joint-venture with Peugeot to get cars wired to the web. The two companies set-up the company, called egery, in March 2000, with the aim of fitting 80 per cent of vehicles with internet access by the end of 2002. Predicted applications included map and direction software, and email and address directories. Services were due to start in France before rolling out across Europe. Nortel joined the venture in December of last year to help build the GPRS network. According to sources quoted by French newspaper Liberation, the venture stalled because the two companies failed to collaborate properly. They also fell out over how to charge drivers for the services. A request for more funding was rejected by both parent companies. Peugeot is now in talks with Ford to get the technology working, according to the paper.