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It looks like BMW will begin rolling out its in-car internet system to markets outside of Germany sooner than expected, according to Automotive News. ConnectedDrive offers unrestricted access to the Web through the EDGE network, one of the faster mobile connections on the planet, and while backseat passengers can surf while on the go, front seat occupants will have to keep their speed under 5 kph if they want to check their favorite websites. BMW is setting up the system so that unlimited access will cost customers 15 euros each month.

BMW will begin offering the service to German consumers this September, with ConnectedDrive (click link for video) coming to 'Net-addicted Bimmer owners throughout Europe and the U.S. soon afterwards. AN contacted Mercedes-Benz and Audi to ask if they intended to offer similar systems in the future. Both of automakers responded in the negative, saying that demand isn't sufficient enough to justify the expense. BMW obviously thinks otherwise, as does Chrysler, which is developing its own system, due out before the end of the year.

[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      The Ultimate Browsing Machine?

      Man, BMW really has hit rock bottom.
      • 7 Years Ago
      noooo! PLEASE don't put it in the 3 series!! i dont want 16 year old kids smacking into my car because they're too busy watching youtube or porn while driving. yesterday some girl in a brand new c-class literally backed onto a main street going 20mph without even realizing she almost killed me. if i didn't honk the horn just in time im sure she would've hit me or something else aroud her
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yet another thing to distract people while driving.
      • 7 Years Ago
      How long before someone totals their car because they were reading Autoblog while driving?
        • 7 Years Ago
        "... front seat occupants will have to keep their speed under 5 kph if they want to check their favorite websites."

        Even with restriction, I bet someone could still total a car (going off a bridge maybe?)
      • 7 Years Ago
      This will definitely be disastrous.
      I'm sure we can expect some crazy stories related to this coming later this year.
      • 7 Years Ago
      EDGE = crap. There's no reason they should use anything less than 3G.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am still afraid of these things getting spyware or a virus and then someone taking it to a BMW dealer and getting horribly ripped off
        • 7 Years Ago
        Since when does it take a computer virus for a BMW dealer to horribly rip someone off?
      • 7 Years Ago
      can we say surfing the web going 70mph = Death
      it should have 2 sensors to be able to surf the web
      1. speed sensor if you go above 5mph it disconnects you.
      2. a passenger sensor if you are to go 5mph and the net still working your passenger must be the one using it and the display must be facing the passenger
      • 7 Years Ago
      That will be great when I run my car into a ditch while surfing the net. Then I can let everyone know about it on my Twitter without even getting out of the car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      do you think we will be able to bluetooth or wifi our laptops to the system.

      would love to see everybody else jump on board.
      even the aftermarket.

      would probably be $30-40m here in the states.
      would be really cool if we could get unlimited access for $20m

      • 7 Years Ago
      they need to incorporate dual view technology like Delphi's system.

      driver can only see nav screen while passenger can see the Web. while moving.

      thats some pretty cool $hit.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Browsing internet while driving, that is exactly what we've been missing.
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