updated 05:10 pm EST, Thu November 20, 2008
Chysler intros Web Edition
Chrysler is taking the next step in bringing the web into cars with a Web Edition option package due to be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week. Along with an in-car router from Autonet Mobile, the automaker is calling uConnect Web, buyers who opt for the $1,999 package also get Dell's Mini 9 netbook, a Sony PSP, an 8GB iPod Touch and an unnamed digital camera with Eye-Fi wireless SD card. All these devices have Wi-Fi modules that can take advantage of the car's built-in router. One year of service is also included with the Web Edition package.
The Web Edition option will make its unveiling in a Chrysler Town & Country minivan at the auto show, and soon become available as a dealer-installed option on Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles. The package is being marketed as the next-generation of in-car entertainment, and should let users connect from up to 100 feet away from their cars. Chrysler will also offer a less costly, $1,100 Web Edition Limited that skips many of the personal electronics and includes the uConnect Web router, one year of service and the Dell Mini 9. [via CNET]