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Rolling WiFi hotspots, 24.6.08

Chrysler is set to unveil the UConnect Web System on Thursday, and rolled into production vehicles next year. Turning a car into a moving broadband WiFi hotspot it will enable Internet access direct from the dash. With support from Microsoft, the system could see speedy success.

OK, so in car technology is a hot potato at the moment and it's easy to get over excited about relatively straightforward developments. The Microsoft powered Sync system which brings voice activated iPod and mobile phone integration into new Fords being one such over hyped example.

However, with the forthcoming announcement from Chrysler we may have a 21st Century automotive technological advance worth shouting about. The UConnect Web System promises to deliver instant Internet access on the move courtesy of combined 3G mobile and standard WiFi connectivity.

Expected to be available on 2009 Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge models, the in-vehicle wireless Internet connectivity is as advanced as they come. In effect it will provide all the convenience of a fully functional WiFi hotspot wherever you want it, wherever your car happens to be.

With broadband in the dash, it will be possible to make high speed data transfers while driving at high speed. In theory at least. How the system copes with connectivity stability remains to be seen, but considering that trains here in the UK can provide a stable Internet connection at speeds of up to 125mph it should be perfectly possible.

Chrysler reckons that its rolling WiFi hotspot technology will bring the ability for your passengers to check email, download music and even play games on the move. The driver can join in, of course, when the vehicle has parked up safely.


  Hopefully they've fully separated the car's operating network (like OnStar-type functions) from the WiFi, so they don't have potential issues like those in the new Boeing 787s...

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