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GM Brings WiFi Access To Your New Vehicle

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By Chris Scott Barr

There are some people in this world that need to be connected to the internet at all times. Sure, I’m an internet junkie, but I don’t think I’d ever go so far as to install a permanent WiFi hotspot in my car. GM announced that they will soon start offering Autonet, an always-on wireless internet solution for your car.

The device can be installed in your new van, SUV, truck or crossover starting later this month. Installation will set you back $499, while service is going to cost $29 a month with a 1GB cap. There is also a 5GB package, though no price was listed. The WiFi signal will reach up to 150 feet away, so you won’t be limited to using it just in your car. Great, now kids can check their Facebook and watch YouTube on long car rides. All my brother and I had was one GameBoy to fight over.

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  • esarphie

    I see a huge market for salesmen, and especially contractors, for this. Plenty of guys already work out of their pick-ups, adding a solid wi-fi system just makes that better.

  • charliehorse43

    I don't need it but a lot of businesses could use something like this.

  • mcman

    I often wonder how people afford all this stuff. iphones, iphones, ipho….Well, I can't think of any more examples right now but there are other examples. You can bet your bottom dollar on that. The sun will come out tomorrow too. Lets see if soldier will catch my vague reference.

  • chaosoldier

    It's too early for me to get that right now, plus I have German homework that I am attempting to focus on… Maybe I'll revisit this issue later. But for reals I do agree that there are quite a few devices that you can already to most of what you need on the road, but I do see that for families taking long trips something of this sort but portable, like the things offered by Sprint, VW, and AT&T would be more beneficial.

  • EspritOuvert

    I've done some extreme things to have internet while in long car rides. This would be much easier.

  • Jessicat

    This would help for families that don't have an iphone or an iphone… But everyone has a laptop. Bring it along for instant internet. This would have made those 8 hour long trips so much nicer.

  • http://twitter.com/cyberjazcorp CyBerJaz

    Love the idea, as long as it is secure!

  • ojone87

    i think this would be awsome to have, but the cost is just to high for me to be able to afford it, i do see a good market for it though as other have mentioned with salesmen contractors ect

  • dubzilla

    now I can watch youtube videos and drive at the same time. No more pesky download lags. safe

  • thomasmcleod

    1 gig cap. HULU would burn through that in 3 hours.

  • ackleydawson

    Exactly, a mobile data plan is a much better service. And then if the phone you have allows data tethering you can even use it as a portable modem for a laptop or something as well. At only 1 GB/month and no encryption so anyone can hijack your wifi this service sucks.

  • ackleydawson

    Exactly, a mobile data plan is a much better service. And then if the phone you have allows data tethering you can even use it as a portable modem for a laptop or something as well. At only 1 GB/month and no encryption so anyone can hijack your wifi this service sucks.

  • http://www.terrazzocleaning.net/ Terrazzo Care Boca Raton

    The WiFi signal will reach up to 150 feet away