Published June 25, 2008
Stuck in a traffic jam and really hoping you could update your Facebook page? You soon may be able to in a Chrysler.
The No. 3 of the Big Three U.S. automakers will announce a wireless Internet-access option for all 2009 models on Thursday, according to various media reports.
Costs of the option — called UConnect Web — and service subscriptions have not been finalized, according to Wired magazine and the Los Angeles Times.
"It's a notion of always wanting to be connected wherever you are," Scott Slagle, Chrysler's senior manager of global marketing strategy, tells the L.A. Times. "There's a demand for that."
The cars will receive 3G cellular broadband signals, then route them to any Wi-Fi enabled devices in or around the vehicle.
Traffic-safety advocates are less than enthused.
"Stop already!" Russ Rader of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety told the Times. "Clearly this is a problem. Our cars are becoming just another place to catch up on calls and now e-mail, and that's a real safety problem."