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Chrysler cars to get 3G, Wi-Fi Internet access

updated 12:20 pm EDT, Wed June 25, 2008

Chrysler UConnect Web

The next model year of Chrysler vehicles will have mobile Internet access as a staple feature, the American car company has said before an official announcement of the vehicles themselves. All of its 2009 models will have the option of UConnect Web, a service that will give the vehicles a 3G cellular Internet connection shared throughout the car over Wi-Fi. The service is intended to let passengers use notebooks and smartphones whenever the car is inside the cellular network's coverage area.

The feature isn't platform-specific and won't restrict the type of use in the car, according to Chrysler's UConnect engineer Keefe Leung. The service would thus allow streaming video from some sites as well as other apps and content sometimes filtered out of mobile services.

Pricing for the service and the exact choice of carrier aren't confirmed, though Chrysler says the option will have an up-front fee for installation on top of a regular subscription rate that might be paid annually rather than monthly. The 2009 cars should start appearing as early as this year.




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  1. drole.homme

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Exact Carrier?

    If it says 3G then I have one word cough AT&T cough. Cuz we all know TMo has that awesome 3G network working :)

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    good idea or bad idea

    This just seems to be really dangerous. We already have people talking and texting while driving. Now we will have some moron flying down the highway surfing the net on their laptop!

  1. Tanker10a

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    good idea or bad idea...

    The insurance companies are going to love this...

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