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GM to Offer Wi-Fi Access in All of Its Vehicles



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Cadillac offers Wi-Fi routers as a special option on most of its vehicle lineup. General Motors is extending the service, making on-the-go high-speed web access available on Buick, Chevrolet, and GMC models, too.

Like the Cadillac system, the Wi-Fi router GM will use comes from San Francisco's Autonet Mobile, and the cost of the hardware will be about $500 (uninstalled). Monthly service is will be $29 a month, for 1 GB of data transfer. For those who plan on heavier usage, there's a 5 GB plan for $59 per month is also available. The router comes with a docking station, meaning that it can be removed and plugged into any other GM vehicle outfitted with a dock, which seems pretty handy for business types and families with a penchant for road trips.

General Motors is making the router a dealer-installed option, instead of an add-on to be purchased from a parts store or other aftermarket retailer. GM says that the service will first be available in GM vans, SUVs, and trucks, since those are the work/commuter/family vehicles most likely to benefit from the technology. Rollout to other models should follow shortly thereafter.

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... seems pretty handy for business types and families with a penchant for road trips. ...

Why text while driving when you can Facebook while driving?! I get the feeling the service coverage will frustrate a great number of people, unless it's satellite technology... but don't you have to be stationary for that?

... GM says that the service will first be available in GM vans, SUVs, and trucks, since those are the work/commuter/family vehicles most likely to benefit from the technology.

Vans? What vans? They mean previous models which the owner can come in to be outfit at the dealer shop, right?

I don't know. Families don't talk to each other enough these days anyway. I remember family trips being fun when all together, chatting on long drive. That was the point of the experience... to be together as a family. Are those days gone?

When I'm driving, I like the excuse to have down-time. I can't be any more productive behind the wheel at 60 mph with a damned laptop in front of me, so what the hell?

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Why text while driving when you can Facebook while driving?! I get the feeling the service coverage will frustrate a great number of people, unless it's satellite technology... but don't you have to be stationary for that?

It helps, but its not required... In-motion Mobile Satellite. I've been using cellular internet in motion for years, and unless you are streaming video, its not a problem... and with 4G coming, it will only get better.

I wonder if I can get Internet Wi-Fi in my car, then cancel my home internet. ;-) To be honest, I'm happy with Sprint cellular Internet, and it follows me... house 1 to house 2 to friend's house to the car to a client's office.

Vans? What vans? They mean previous models which the owner can come in to be outfit at the dealer shop, right?

I don't know. Families don't talk to each other enough these days anyway. I remember family trips being fun when all together, chatting on long drive. That was the point of the experience... to be together as a family. Are those days gone?

When I'm driving, I like the excuse to have down-time. I can't be any more productive behind the wheel at 60 mph with a damned laptop in front of me, so what the hell?

Well, I don't think they intend the driver to use the Internet while driving. And while this would work for larger families... like the Duggers... its more a business feature.

I also think they mean the big 15 passenger vans, not previous model minivans... Shuttling 14 other nondriving employees from 1/2 hour site to site adds up to lost productivity... 7 hours... at $35~70 an hour... it adds up fast.

It all depends on the money you have to throw at Internet access and its ROI.

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I have used Sprint and Verizon internet while moving and it works great.

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Cool, but I hope GM blocks the porn-site access while driving :rotflmao:

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With in dash hard drives coming out now GM needs this too.

The younger gens of buyers care more about the elctronics more than engine size.

Nice to GM make this move.

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I surf the internet on the bus all the time via my Verizon Wifi card. Being in motion doesn't seem to matter.

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With all the phones that offer tethering these days, I'm not sure what the point is.

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I hate web surfing on a telephone. Would rather have the option to pull out my laptop and do it instead if I'm not driving. However, saying that, I would also prefer to get an air card for my laptop for that purpose.

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Cool, but I hope GM blocks the porn-site access while driving :rotflmao:

LOL!

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I surf the internet on the bus all the time via my Verizon Wifi card. Being in motion doesn't seem to matter.

I've wanted to try that....

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Cool, but I hope GM blocks the porn-site access while driving :rotflmao:

Eddie Griffin comes to mind here.

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same could be said for built in NAV then....

But with tethering, you just leave your phone in your pocket and it just works once you've paired it to your laptop/netbook/whatever. Its more flexible because it will work wherever you go as well. You still need to have a notebook or whatever you're going to get on the net with with either solution from what I can tell.

With portable/handheld nav, you have to have a mount etc for it, its usually a smaller screen, and you have to worry about theft.

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