• Mar 23, 2008
Chrysler may be struggling with vehicle styling and interior quality, but the gang in Auburn Hills sure does love the gadgetry. Sirius satellite TV, heated and cooled cupholders, and Swivel-N-Go seating will soon be joined by in-car Internet access. The Washington Post reports Chrysler will utilize cell tower signals and a mobile phone account to make the radio a WiFi port, giving passengers access to the web. The technology will be offered as a dealer add-on for existing models later this year, and it will be available as a factory option at some point after that. With Chrysler bringing web connectivity to cars and trucks this year and Ford following suit in mid-2009, it looks like access to Autoblog will soon be available everywhere.
[Source: The Washington Post]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I bet they could retool Onstar for Internet access.
      • 6 Years Ago
      AlexP wrote "I bet they could retool Onstar for Internet access."

      Can and will. It will be either Onstar or XM.

      Sometimes it seems that most readers of contributers to this site are 75 rather than 15. Next they will be complaining about the lack of crank starters and being forced to buy factory-installed fenders and bumpers.

      Time marches on. It is easy to conceive of a time when our automobiles have completely integrated communications systems. Internet access, telephone, radio, TV, GPS, and telemetry will all work together.

      You have a choice. Embrace the future. Or stick aluminum foil on your head and drive a 1920 Oakland.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "It is easy to conceive of a time when our automobiles have completely integrated communications systems. Internet access, telephone, radio, TV, GPS, and telemetry will all work together."

        And in that time, you will no longer be the driver. All control will be handed off to the mainframe so you can concentrate on consumptive distractions while being shuttled to your destination.

        I think it's fairly natural for enthusiasts to grieve.
        • 6 Years Ago
        PJ wrote: "And in that time, you will no longer be the driver. ..."

        Not at all. Integrated communications and autodriving are two different concepts. Neither is dependent on the other.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The only news "later this year" pertaining to Chrysler is going to be who bought what in the fire sale.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Wouldn't it make more sense to build cars that people actually want to buy instead of adding doo dads to slow selling cars in the hope to make them more saleable?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree. The internet isn't going to give me an incentive to buy a car that's going to fall apart around it. And do we really need MORE distractions?!
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is a real perversion of technology. To think that Al Gore spent hours inventing the internet just so it could be used like this!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great, this is just what we need. :|
      • 6 Years Ago
      What's with all the jokes about stupid drivers surfing the internet while driving?? Do you REALLY think they'll let you do that?? Re-read - it says "...giving passengers access to the web." Passengers - not drivers. Just like Sirius TV in the BACK seat. Sheesh! I mean Chrysler doesn't even let you use many of the functions on their factory nav systems when the car is in motion. Grow up! Just like the phone & TV became mobile, the internet was only a matter of time.
      • 6 Years Ago
      And folks wonder why American's are lousy drivers?
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is like putting lipstick on a pig. If they don't improve their cars, it won't help them. It will be overpriced and obsolete within two years.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The internet will be obsolete in 2 years? Interesting theory...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Obviously the internet won’t be obsolete in two years, but the technology Chrysler uses to access it will be. Have you noticed how much cell phones, navigation systems and computers change in two years?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good move, now start making a car I'd actually buy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great! Now we can surf the net while answering the phone, texting and putting on make up! Leave the multi-tasking at the office, please. Get your mind on the road.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Horrible idea. But inevitable.

      As a "surprise and delight" feature, I hope this is at least integrated better than Chrysler's Swivel-N-Go seats (which leave *zero* room for the legs of passengers facing each other when swiveled), or their poor-fitting iPod caddies, or their "tough" plastic load floors with vulnerable fabric rear-seatback trim.

      Chrysler seems to forget that features like these don't just make good ad copy; they actually have to function well to be a selling point...
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