updated 10:40 am EST, Tue January 2, 2007
AutoNet In-Car Wi-Fi
A recently-established company named AutoNet today said it will soon launch the Mobile In-Car Router, what it claims is the first Wi-Fi router designed to provide uninterrupted Internet access in cars. Rather than use the often short range of traditional Wi-Fi hotspots, AutoNet's network switch connects to 3G cellular data network towers and automatically bridges between towers and networks. The technology can provide downstream speeds as quick as 1Mbps and reaches enough cellular towers to cover 95% of the entire country -- reaching even rural areas well away from major cities, AutoNet says.
The router will be available in March for $399 and will require a $50 per month plan for constant service; Avis Rent A Car, however, will also begin renting cars in March equipped with AutoNet's service for an additional $11 per day. [Via International Herald Tribune]