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Chrysler To Offer Wireless Internet In 2009 Models

samzenpus posted more than 6 years ago

Transportation 258

sunny in Seattle writes "'Have you ever thought rush hour on the 405 Freeway might be more bearable if you could check your e-mail, shop for a book on Amazon, place some bids on EBay and maybe even, if nobody is looking, download a little porn? Then perhaps you should be driving a Chrysler.' LA Times reports that the nation's third-largest automaker is set to announce Thursday that it's making wireless Internet an option on all its 2009 models. The mobile hotspot, called UConnect Web, would be the first such technology from any automaker."

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wardriving (4, Funny)

pwnies (1034518) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942533)

Kind of defeats the point of wardriving though doesn't it.

Re:wardriving (2, Insightful)

clang_jangle (975789) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942565)

Not necessarily -- you just change the goal to finding a faster connection.

Re:wardriving (4, Funny)

Constantine XVI (880691) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942813)

Nope. From TFA:

Users get download speeds of 600 megabits to 800 megabits per second.
Holy shit. I'd love to know how they're getting that over a 3G connection.

Re:wardriving (5, Informative)

FrameRotBlues (1082971) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942911)

Yeah, they corrected that; it's supposed to be 600-800K, not 600-800M.

Tag (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23942561)

If ever there was a time for the "whatcouldpossiblegowrong" tag, this is it.

Re:Tag (2, Interesting)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942741)

"and maybe even, if nobody is looking, download a little porn? "

Well, I dunno about other places....but, in New Orleans, maybe LA in general, don't get caught watching porn in the car where it can be seen by others outside your vehicle, or you'll get busted. They put that law into effect a few years back.

Re:Tag (4, Funny)

clem (5683) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942871)

Because that was the number one problem plaguing the good people of New Orleans?

Re:Tag (3, Funny)

compro01 (777531) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942931)

Appearently. Porn is dangerous stuff.~

Re:Tag (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23943009)

Because that was the number one problem plaguing the good people of New Orleans?
No, because it was the number one easiest way to votepander in a city that was trying to lose its reputation as a den of thieves.

Re:Tag (4, Informative)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 6 years ago | (#23943135)

"No, because it was the number one easiest way to votepander in a city that was trying to lose its reputation as a den of thieves."

No..I think it had to do with things that happened during some of the 'fests' that happen down here...that in traffic coming into the city, that some big SUV's that had lots of screens that were playing some hardcore stuff while in traffic, well other cars that had kids in them were seeing what was going on pretty clear in the cars. I think it blew some parents' minds.

They're pretty lenient what goes on in the Quarter, but, outside of that and the surburbs coming into the city, well there are normal families living normal lives and they don't put up with stuff like they'll allow in the Quarter. I remember driving downtown a few years ago with all the traffic coming in for the Essence festival, and you saw that type of thing happen a LOT. I saw many cars decked out with screens playing porn. Not that it bothers me, but, I saw that this wasn't an isolated incident.

We're a party city, but, there is a place and time for different behaviors...and while a lot goes on ok...not everything goes.

Re:Tag (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23943475)

Yeah, the city with drive through daquiri stands. Let's stop the porn but encourage drinking and driving.

streaming music! (5, Interesting)

doranb (88867) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942569)

I don't know about shopping on Amazon, but oh how I'd love to listen to somaFM, WOXY, or Beyond the Beat Generation while I'm driving. Cuz the music broadcasters in LA choose is the suxors.

depending on what time you drive (2, Informative)

commodoresloat (172735) | more than 6 years ago | (#23943295)

KCRW is the answer. And at certain times KPFK has some great music shows as well. And KXLU is hit or miss....

Re:streaming music! (2, Interesting)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 6 years ago | (#23943303)

The first thing I thought of wasn't music, though that's a very good point. I was thinking "in-car speakerphone" and "Skype". But maybe I'm just weird that way.

(And apparently quite goofy, considering I barely talk on my cell phone. Especially when in the car.) :-P

2010 news flash: (5, Funny)

Aussenseiter (1241842) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942581)

"Recent studies show that tailgating has increased over 170% near certain Chrysler vehicles."

Ugh. (0, Troll)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942589)

Just say no to Chrysler. THey make the most HORRIBLE pieces of sh** on the planet. I'm not kidding. Check out the cheap, cheezy, "Z-frame" suspensions they use on all of their front-wheel drive models. Total crap. Google for "Chyselr Z-Frame" and you'll see what I mean. These people are from Detroit and should know better. Seriously.

Re:Ugh. (2, Funny)

digital_rich (1085385) | more than 6 years ago | (#23943203)

I Googled Chrysler Z-Frame and found nada. Should I have Googled Chyselr?

Re:Ugh. (1)

CauseWithoutARebel (1312969) | more than 6 years ago | (#23943479)

There's a Z platform, but Mitsubishi had more to do with it than Chrysler did. I'm not sure Chrysler even still uses it anymore. I don't know that they ever used it in the states.

I'm also a Chrysler hater (horrible, horrible experience with a 1996 Sebring of my wife's), and even I don't know anything specifically bad about the Z platform, though.

Re:Ugh. (1)

langelgjm (860756) | more than 6 years ago | (#23943273)

Not to impugn your comment, but I googled for "Chyselr Z-Frame", and I didn't get any results.

I also googled for "Chrysler Z-Frame", and didn't find a slew of links decrying it...

On the one hand (1)

zakezuke (229119) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942591)

I've dealt with i-405 and I know I'd prefer to hang out in my car with a Wifi connection and wait two hours until the traffic dies down.

On the other, people who honestly think they can READ E-MAIL on the road are nuts. Even when the average speed is below 15mph, you're just asking for a fender bender.

So my feelings are mixed. I would enjoy a car with his gear onboard rather than a mickeymouse laptop solution, but most of the world are idiots.

Re:On the one hand (1)

homer_ca (144738) | more than 6 years ago | (#23943293)

The Ford Sync (based on Windows CE) can connect to a bluetooth phone and read text messages with text-to-speech. You can even dictate outgoing messages with voice recognition. I have no idea how well it works.

Re:On the one hand (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 6 years ago | (#23943409)

people who honestly think they can READ E-MAIL on the road are nuts.
So you probably would frown on my playing Team Fortress 2 while driving South on the Kennedy.

I mean, the traffic gets pretty bad here in Chicago during the summer, and you spend a fair amount of time just sitting, grinding your teeth. At least this way, I'd be working on my Pyro stats.

Teen drivers will become a nightmare (5, Insightful)

pwnies (1034518) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942595)

...when they all start checking their myspace while attempting to change lanes.

Do they really think this is a good idea?

Re:Teen drivers will become a nightmare (3, Funny)

Gyga (873992) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942689)

I know a girl who checks myspace, facebook, email, and various other things and also IMs while driving. She is scary.

Re:Teen drivers will become a nightmare (1)

Gyga (873992) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942707)

I forgot to mention it was on her cellphone.

Is she hot? (no text) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23942875)

blah blah blah

Re:Teen drivers will become a nightmare (1)

antirelic (1030688) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942723)

Actually, this provides a great opportunity in interface design. Computers have had a very little foot print on the inside of a car, outside of GPS. Equipping a car with the ability to access the internet opens up a whole new sector for specialized computer electronics. The real key will be designing an interface that is easy to use from behind the wheel. I wonder if Microsoft Sync will begin to take advantage of this?

Re:Teen drivers will become a nightmare (3, Funny)

NothingMore (943591) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942823)

Myspace?? What your really should fear is all the WoW raids that will now take place on the freeway....

Web surfing drivers...just what we need (4, Insightful)

2cute2kill (842451) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942601)

Considering the amount of shaving, texting, make-up applying, eating, and calling that already goes on in vehicles during rush hour, I'm not sure this feature should even be legal.

Re:Web surfing drivers...just what we need (5, Funny)

vux984 (928602) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942637)

Considering the amount of shaving, texting, make-up applying, eating, and calling that already goes on in vehicles during rush hour, I'm not sure this feature should even be legal.

Considering the amount of shaving, texting, make-up applying, eating, and calling that already goes on in vehicles during rush hour, I'm not sure anyone will notice the additional impact of this feature.

Re:Web surfing drivers...just what we need (1)

gapagos (1264716) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942737)

I know I will.
People need to pay a lot of attention while on a traffic jam.
There's always someone out there being hypnotized by the slow pace of traffic that he or she doesn't realise the car ahead stopped moving, and because the idiot was already tailgating the him, BAM, rear hit.

If you happen to drive a Ford Pinto and get hit from behind, your car might even explode. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Pinto#Safety_problems)

Re:Web surfing drivers...just what we need (5, Funny)

mazarin5 (309432) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942739)

I'm not sure anyone will notice the additional impact of this feature.
No pun intended, right?

Re:Web surfing drivers...just what we need (1)

warriorpostman (648010) | more than 6 years ago | (#23943197)

I also smoke in my car. It's the only thing that keeps me from putting my fist through the window when I'm in traffic. If I had wifi in the car, I might smoke less!

[glares at old man shuffling past with a walker]

Re:Web surfing drivers...just what we need (2, Funny)

clarkkent09 (1104833) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942895)

Shaving in the car while commuting? Hmm, great idea, that should save me some time in the morning. Thanks!

Re:Web surfing drivers...just what we need (1)

Godji (957148) | more than 6 years ago | (#23943033)

OK, I have certainly seem most of these thing, but shaving?! Are you serious?

Re:Web surfing drivers...just what we need (1)

2cute2kill (842451) | more than 6 years ago | (#23943043)

Oh yeah, check Atlanta in the morning. Men and their electric razors.

Re:Web surfing drivers...just what we need (1)

homer_ca (144738) | more than 6 years ago | (#23943367)

Bah, that's easy with an electric razor. Let's see someone try it with shaving cream and a Bic.

Re:Web surfing drivers...just what we need (5, Insightful)

cavis (1283146) | more than 6 years ago | (#23943287)

As a fireman, I responded to a car wreck a few years ago where a young woman was putting on makeup while driving (she did every morning), and she was late for work. She failed to make a turn, flipped the car, and left a husband and two young kids behind.

I agree with 2cute2kill - Do we really need to create yet another distraction in the car? Putting on makeup only takes a certain amount of time, yet you could drive and surf the web at the same time from LA to NYC (assuming coverage) with no restrictions.

A very bad idea.

Re:Web surfing drivers...just what we need (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23943481)

Is it wrong to have assumed when you said 'flipped the car and left a husband and two young kids behind' that you meant 'left them behind on the asphalt because they weren't wearing their seatbelts'?

Maybe I was just considering your sentence from the wrong angle.

wow (1)

jjm496 (1004054) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942633)

giving the idiots on my local streets even more ways to distract themselves while driving is such a great idea. I would hate for any of them to get bored. Especially the girl that almost rear-ended me yesterday while using one hand to talk on her phone, the other to eat an apple, and was using whole body movements as emphasis for what she was saying on the phone.

Now, she'll be able to get a chrysler and maybe figure out how to use her toes to type and/or work a mouse so she can surf the net at the same time.

Wish I was so multi-talented.

Great, one more distraction... (2, Funny)

gapagos (1264716) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942653)

Why have an accident while talking on your your cellphone at the wheel, when you could be enjoying an accident while watching porn on the web?

Oh, the advances in vehicle technology will never cease to amaze me...!

That being said, I'm still waiting for my affordable, highway-ready electric car.

Re:Great, one more distraction... (1)

cleatsupkeep (1132585) | more than 6 years ago | (#23943217)

I don't know how I would react if a guy rear ended me, and when we were getting out of the cars to exchange information, his pants were down and there was no one else in the car. I'd be a little perplexed to say the least. And then jealous.

New meaning to "internet crashed" (5, Funny)

pwnies (1034518) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942675)

This will give new meaning to, "My internet connection crashed"

Re:New meaning to "internet crashed" (1, Redundant)

GroeFaZ (850443) | more than 6 years ago | (#23943153)

This story will give new meaning to "regurgitate worn jokes and cliches"

Cry "cheetos!" and let slip the car analogies of slashdot.

Here are a few pointers:

War driving.
Beowulf cluster
Hot grits, applied to a statue of Natalie Portman, naked and petrified.
bot nets (don't forget to take a jab at Microsoft)
Thankfully, you've got crashes covered.
Information super highway
Tubes and trucks
0x3A28213A
0x6339392C
0x7363682E

Gives new meaning to... (1)

jjm496 (1004054) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942677)

"Driven to Distraction".

synchronicity (4, Insightful)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942731)

...that this article would appear just after "Children Concerned by Parents' Web Habits"...

Were I a kid in the back seat, I'd be terrified.

Duh (1)

taustin (171655) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942755)

The mobile hotspot, called UConnect Web, would be the first such technology from any automaker."

That would be because it's a bad idea and other automakesare aren't as stupid.

Yeah but it's a Chrysler (1)

clarkkent09 (1104833) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942775)

It's typical recently of American automakers to offer this kind of gimmicks instead of making decent quality cars. What's next, a built in coffee maker and a toaster oven so you can make your commute even more suicidal

Re:Yeah but it's a Chrysler (2)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942809)

I vote "making your commute even more suicidal" as the phrase of the day.

Re:Yeah but it's a Chrysler (1)

wagnerrp (1305589) | more than 6 years ago | (#23943237)

I was going to make a comment about Chrysler being a German automaker, but they got spun back into a US-based company last year.

Re:Yeah but it's a Chrysler (5, Informative)

value_added (719364) | more than 6 years ago | (#23943325)

It's typical recently of American automakers to offer this kind of gimmicks instead of making decent quality cars.

I'm not sure it's a gimmick, but to the extent it is, I'm sure that Chryser will, in typical American automaker fashion, implement it badly.

That means owners will get probably end up with a square woodgrained plastic panel insert emblazoned with a metal "The Intarweb" logo (in a cursive script and painted to resemble chrome), that contains a few oversized cheap-ass rocker switches, only the one of which can be reached without leaning far out of your seat, and possibly some light indicators that glow too brightly at night. Luxury model owners can opt for a foot pedal switch, an extra steering column lever, or an in-dash touch screen that displays garishly coloured pie charts, columnar graphs that update every second.

In similarly typical fashion, the rest us will have to sit back and wonder why they just didn't buy a Honda.

No Officer... (1)

nick_davison (217681) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942791)

"No officer, I'm not stealing WiFi while sitting in my car with my pants off [wizbangblog.com] . I just bought a Chrysler."

Given that the idiot in Toronto was half naked in public and surfing kiddie porn yet got arrested for the stealing WiFi, this should be a perfectly watertight defense.

You may notice: I am not a lawyer.

I'd rather just get where I'm going. (5, Funny)

pudding7 (584715) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942795)

That's why I ride a motorcycle. You can sit there in traffic for two hours surfing and shopping and viewing porn all you want. I'll be at home.

Of course, as soon as I get there I'll just be web surfing, shopping, and viewing porn. But at least I'll be at home.

Re:I'd rather just get where I'm going. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23943089)

Wow, that's pretty interesting. Maybe you could find a thread about Windows and talk about how you use Linux. Or maybe a thread about guitars where you can discuss how good you are with a keyboard. Feel free to pop into the next thread about astronomy and let us know why you enjoy scuba diving.

Re:I'd rather just get where I'm going. (1)

ModemRat (701119) | more than 6 years ago | (#23943171)

That's why I ride a motorcycle. You can sit there in traffic for two hours surfing and shopping and viewing porn all you want. I'll be at home.

Ditto. I wish lane splitting were legal in AZ, but when I'm sitting in 110F in my leathers I declare lane splitting season open.

Too close for comfort, but not for signal... (4, Interesting)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942819)

I know what brand of car I'll be tailgating from now on, laptop in hand! I can just see one now, struggling to get over to its exit with a knot of fifteen or so Priuses clustered too close to let it move.

Or instead of tailgating, perhaps I'll try to anticipate where the driver is going and maintain a short lead with my Pringles Can exhaust mod pointed square at it.

Re:Too close for comfort, but not for signal... (4, Funny)

Jherek Carnelian (831679) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942897)

Obligatory XKCD:
http://www.xkcd.com/440/ [xkcd.com]

On the other hand (1)

davmoo (63521) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942837)

Have you ever thought rush hour on the 405 Freeway might be more bearable if you could check your e-mail, shop for a book on Amazon, place some bids on EBay and maybe even, if nobody is looking, download a little porn?

If so, then you should be taking public transportation, because obviously you'd never be able to pay attention to your driving with something like this in your car.

I'll echo another reply...the reason Chrysler is the first with this is because everyone else has already decided its a bad idea.

Wow, it must be a bad idea... (5, Insightful)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942839)

...if even geeks think it's stupid...

Re:Wow, it must be a bad idea... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23942977)

Not stupid, just dangerous. What is stupid is that we geeks all still want it, despite the safety risks.

Re:Wow, it must be a bad idea... (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 6 years ago | (#23943125)

I think American Idol is stupid, but I can clearly see that it was a good idea.

Carpooling (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23942847)

Let's take a step away from the obvious safety risks.

This might make carpooling a more interesting option. Have drivers rotate on a daily basis and the passenger(s) get to surf the net while in traffic. I might like it. Make it illegal for drivers to use it, and this could be a good thing.

Re:Carpooling (1)

Grimbleton (1034446) | more than 6 years ago | (#23943175)

Legislature should be a last resort.

Another way to get yourself killed (5, Funny)

GroeFaZ (850443) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942851)

1. Check www.darwinawards.com while driving
2. Drive off a 100m bridge
3. Irony!!

Re:Another way to get yourself killed (0)

jaguth (1067484) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942949)

hahahaha, mod this mofo up +5 funny!

Re:Another way to get yourself killed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23943095)

4. Get it submitted to FARK
5. Everyone will still say it's not ironic
6. Kill yourself!!!

Re:Another way to get yourself killed (1)

rocketPack (1255456) | more than 6 years ago | (#23943291)

4. ???
5. Profit!!!

Re:Another way to get yourself killed (1)

GroeFaZ (850443) | more than 6 years ago | (#23943385)

*VROOOMMMMMM*

That was the joke, speeding past you in an internet-enabled Chrysler.

Missing the point (5, Insightful)

cryfreedomlove (929828) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942863)

Most of the posts I've seen here are short sighted because they only consider drivers doing what would normally be done at home in front of a computer.

Having a reliable internet connection will enable applications that we have not dreamed of yet but someone will. I'd like VOIP, using the car's built in microphone and speaker. How about a GPS system uses the IP connection to warn of upcoming traffic jams on the proposed route? How about setting the thermostat in your house when you are 30 miles away?

Come on people! Dream big!

Re:Missing the point (2, Informative)

ForestGrump (644805) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942981)

These have already been implemented.

1. You can buy cars with integrated microphones and bluetooth. Just call through the cell phone. GM offers Onstar, which is like that but instead uses their network (and you get charged extra for the calls)

2. GPS systems can already get realtime traffic from satellite services such as XM and Sirius. There is also traffic information broadcast in FM freqs.

3. Call your kids and have them do it. That's what they are for.

Re:Missing the point (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23943111)

Think about being able to look up the license plate of the ass wipe infront of you and getting his/her name and cell phone number. Then calling them over VOIP and telling them what you really think of 'em :)

Re:Missing the point (1)

Repton (60818) | more than 6 years ago | (#23943147)

Come on people! Dream big!

Mesh network highway chatrooms!

Re:Missing the point (1)

GroeFaZ (850443) | more than 6 years ago | (#23943201)

How about setting the thermostat in your house when you are 30 miles away?

Come on people! Dream big!


I'll let that stand on its own.

Re:Missing the point (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23943341)

Come on people! Dream big!
Wake the fuck up and keep your eyes on the road.

Driver Distraction??? (1)

Nonillion (266505) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942873)

What about all the latest brow beating that has been going on with "Distracted Driving" laws. Wouldn't this just give the police (who use cell phones, 2-way radios and laptops) another unwarranted reason to pull you over and ticket you for revenue generation purposes? All I want is to make it from point A - B. We already have enough things taking away our attention from the road as it is.

So... (1)

Vectronic (1221470) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942877)

Now they have another reason to sieze your car crossing the border, or when you get a ticket.

"License, registration, hard drive and peripherals, and plug this into that jack there please?!"

Not to mention tracking, its WiFi, blip*blip*blip... hidden cameras, or just tapping into the onboard ones, and rear-view cameras...

Conpiracy, blah blah... but i'll be expecting those headlines...

modG doPwn (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23942933)

I can't wait (1)

hyades1 (1149581) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942961)

Lovely. Some jackass is going to wreck my car because he's trying to read an e-mail from his boss telling him if he wrecks the company car again, he's going to get fired.

And the spam will be 'way too predictable..."Make her scream loud as you split her tail open with your huge, supercharged V-8!"

real mobile access points... (3, Insightful)

recharged95 (782975) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942987)

Wireless in a car should be more for infrastructure robustness than end user applications. More applications in a car that require user interaction (i.e. REST apps) is a recipe for disaster.

Then again, VOIP would be a killer app in a car.

Re:real mobile access points... (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 6 years ago | (#23943483)

Especially if you could call that jerk wad that just cut you off!

I developed a tool that cross referenced License plates with phone numbers in the 90s.
Had a working set up and everything. Then I couldn't stave off the thoughts of certain inevitability. So I shelve it. A few years later California stopped making that information public.

If I could ahve put those thoughts off I could have been rich.

Will a drivers surf history be evidence? (4, Insightful)

pembo13 (770295) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942993)

Because if someone crashes into me, I would like to subpoena their cell phone and auto-internet records to see if they were doing something else instead of driving.

Wow... (0, Offtopic)

Perseid (660451) | more than 6 years ago | (#23942995)

"Pull over n00b. WTF?"
"Dumb driver is dumb."
"The air freshener is a lie."
"In Soviet Russia, old lady rear-ends you."

Both driving and using the Internet will soon become unbearable.

Re:Wow... (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 6 years ago | (#23943099)

"In Soviet Russia, old lady rear-ends you."
How can you mess up such a simple meme?

That should read:

In Soviet Russia, you rear-end old lady*.

* As evidenced by numerous .ru sites my friend likes to frequent late at night after my^H^Hhis wife goes to sleep.

mesh network (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23943021)

I don't think it's about surfing the web while you drive as opposed to having a free adhoc mesh network infrastructure overnight in any city that's got traffic in it (all of them). it's all the rage in MAN talking circles.

Hmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23943077)

Perhaps you could use adult dating sites such as http://www.swfswingers.com and hook up much more quickly while your on the road.

(that was a joke) LOL!!

What browser? How secure? (1)

Pincus (744497) | more than 6 years ago | (#23943109)

Will a clever exploit be able to shut down your car on the freeway? Or open your air bags?

Have you ever thought (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23943151)

rush hour on the 405 Freeway might be more bearable if you'd just pay attention to your driving? If everybody paid attention to wtf they were doing, there would be fewer accidents and traffic would move along better. Just drive! Surf the net when and IF you get home.

It's 3g based so what is the subscription rate???? (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 6 years ago | (#23943163)

It's 3g based so what is the subscription rate? $30 a month? $70 a month? with a 2 year plan?

Restrictions on teen drivers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23943221)

Starting in 2010, teen drivers in California will be prohibited from looking at porn while driving.

No need to use cell phone while driving anymore... (1)

infernalC (51228) | more than 6 years ago | (#23943225)

...use VoIP instead. Much safer.

Can think of at least one positive use. (1)

AceCaseOR (594637) | more than 6 years ago | (#23943247)

I definitely agree that having Wi-Fi in your car is definitely a bad idea. However, I can think of legitimately positive use for it - your GPS can use it got get download new maps whenver it needs to when you go to a new area that you haven't already gotten maps for (like when I occasionally have to drive down to Salem, for example).

Re:Can think of at least one positive use. (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 6 years ago | (#23943419)

Is your opinion definite?
I can think of lots of uses for it, most of which would be for the passengers.

So what.... (1)

Godman (767682) | more than 6 years ago | (#23943259)

we all drive around with ethernet cables hooked to rollers on the side of the freeway?

Or maybe it'll use the cellular network, but I don't see many people paying mobile phone prices to access the internet...

Someone more observant than I maybe want to point out the technical details?

...And this is a good idea why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23943299)

...And this is a good idea why?

What about chatting with nearby drivers . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23943313)

you could speak your mind with more than one finger.

Simple fix for people's concerns (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23943351)

on driving while web surfing - they could just disable the Internet link if they detect the car was moving - the GPS in hertz cars does something similar.

Of course some idiots will hack it etc. but those people will be handful.

I already have a computer in my truck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23943359)

I already got a car computer with wifi and a verizon wireless wlan card in my ram 1500. I haven't crashed into anything because I have internet in my vehicle. I just do what I need to do when parked then switch modes to gps or music before leaving my parking spot.

Maybe I'm not getting the full effect. I guess it's because I have a car computer in my truck.

Drivers are for driving (5, Funny)

glittalogik (837604) | more than 6 years ago | (#23943417)

Isn't it obvious? This feature isn't for the driver to distract themselves, it's for your moms to lure you out of their basements and keep you distracted while they drive you to the countryside, boot you out of the car at the edge of the woods, and leave you to your own devices in a cloud of exhaust and smoking rubber. Your final Twitter message will be "Mom? Mom? I fell out, Wh&*(%#@*&($ ###NO CARRIER"

Cars should be hot spots (2, Interesting)

geekoid (135745) | more than 6 years ago | (#23943445)

I always thought putting wi-fi and repeaters in cars would be a great way to instigate a wi-fi mesh.

You could also use it as an 'Autonet' where cars could communicate information, and someone in car a in Tarzana, could communicate with car b i Huntington beach, and it never hit that internet. . . so to speak.

So... (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 6 years ago | (#23943485)

We will get an internet connection except for what people really want in a car.
In no particular order (usually based on personal preference)
Performance
Reliability
Gas milage
Style

And people wonder why Toyota sells more cars then the American models.

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