Turn key, log on, drive off. Car manufacturers are racing to be the first to introduce in-car Internet technology that will allow passengers to surf the Web and download their favorite videos and music while on the move.
The technology will also give motorists remote access to their vehicles, allowing them to lock the doors and turn off lights over the Internet from the comfort of their home or office.
Chrysler plans to introduce wi-fi technology in British vehicles from the end of next year. Eventually, all its cars sold there will be Internet-enabled. BMW is likely to follow with its own in-car Web in 2010 and other manufacturers are considering following suit.
There are concerns, however, that the technology could lead to more accidents as drivers ignore safety advice and check their e-mails while driving.