• Mar 19, 2009
Perhaps as part of a thoughtful move to combine two of the major aspects of the Autoblog lifestyle, Cadillac has just announced that it will offer full WiFi access in its CTS sport sedan beginning next month.

The dealer-installed option will cost $499, and Cadillac says the Autonet Mobile system will effectively turn the CTS into a 3G hotspot with speeds of up to 800Kbps. Naturally, there's a monthly charge associated with the service, but $29 a month for a stylish, leather-lined mobile command center doesn't strike us as too bad of a deal, especially when the WiFi is capable of handling multiple devices simultaneously. No word yet on whether existing CTS owners can retrofit their cars, but considering this is a dealer-installed add-on, we imagine it's possible. If not, there's always the aftermarket.

Now, if we could only get Cadillac to consider fitting a Nespresso machine, we'd have all the tools of the trade!

PRESS RELEASE:

FOR RELEASE: 2009-03-19

Hot Car, Hot Spot: Cadillac CTS Adds WiFi System

DETROIT – Cadillac will offer wireless internet access for its best-selling model, adding a new dimension to the passenger experience. Cadillac Wi-Fi by Autonet Mobile comes to the CTS Sport Sedan in April, giving passengers full internet access in and around the car via their laptop or WiFi device.

The launch of Cadillac WiFi by Autonet Mobile will begin with live demonstrations at the New York International Auto Show April 10-19.

"Consumers today are frequently searching for WiFi access wherever they may be," said Mark McNabb, North America Vice President, Cadillac. "Adding WiFi is a natural extension of the tech features already inside the CTS, such as a 40 gigabyte hard drive with USB port, a pop-up navigation system featuring real-time traffic and weather forecasts and the exclusive ability to pause and rewind live radio."

Cadillac WiFi uses technology from Autonet Mobile, the world's first Internet Service Provider designed exclusively for cars. Cadillac WiFi by Autonet Mobile turns the car into a WiFi hotspot and works with any operating system supporting any Wi-Fi enabled device. It delivers an easy-to-use and seamless internet experience, with 3G mobile technology that maintains internet connections while the car is in motion. The system can support several devices at once, enabling one passenger to update a Facebook page, while another is gaming online or watching YouTube videos, for example.

Designed for use by passengers, the system requires no special software and achieves speeds up to 800Kbps. The dealer-installed option will retail for $499, with a monthly service subscription of $29.

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About Cadillac

Cadillac is a division of General Motors Corp., and a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. In recent years, Cadillac has engineered an historic renaissance led by dramatic new designs and global expansion. More information on Cadillac can be found at www.cadillac.com.

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM) Founded in 1908, GM manufactures its cars and trucks in 35 countries. More information on GM can be found at www.gm.com.

About Autonet Mobile

Autonet Mobile is the world's first in-car internet service provider. Founded by a corporate executive and former race car driver and a leading network architect and designer, the company is dedicated to enhancing the in-car experience by bringing the internet into cars. For more information visit www.autonetmobile.com.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Screw 3G, waiting for LTE before I bite the wireless data bullet.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope the dealer can put it on my dad's 2008 CTS. He would love that. That would be cools to stream music from my computer or pandora.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, that's just peachy! I just wish that my 2008 CTS had bluetooth in it :( I hate it when car companies have no clue about what strategy to follow consistently and they go from having nothing in their top of the line brand to then having useless features that very few people will ever use. On my CTS which is only a year old, I can't even have the dealer install an aftermarket bluetooth set that is designed by the manufacturer to compensate for their shortcomings. Instead, I would have to install a system that needs a microphone hanging from somewhere near the driver (visible to god and all the creatures of this earth)
      Fabulous news GM! Just great! :(
        • 5 Years Ago
        Your dealer sucks. I talked to my Chevy dealer about retrofitting the new GM bluetooth on my Suburban and they'd be able to do it, though at a cost I'm not willing to pay.
        • 5 Years Ago
        He's right, it can't be done for the CTS. The only kit available right now is for large turcks and SUV's, it those won't work in the Escalades.
      • 5 Years Ago
      CTS? This option seems like it would be a better fit for the DTS.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No thanks.

      The only need I may have is for transferring MP3s wirelessly to any in-car hard drive. A navigation system and bluetooth should be sufficient. I wouldn't pay an extra $30 month for "up to" 800kps in my car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      why not just get a mobile broadband card/usb attachment? then you can have internet anywhere, not just in your car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      At $30/mo, it's a little more than if you pay for a data plan on your cell phone and tether it to your netbook/laptop in your car, but more convenient. What sucks is paying for home high speed internet, phone data plan, and then car WiFi on top of that. There needs to be a way to consolidate these into a plan to make it more affordable.

      I'll probably be with Sprint for life though since I'm on their now-defunct SERO plan where I pay only $30 total including unlimited data and texts! :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Long live the Sprint SERO! Best deal ever.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's just a 3G router that needs to be wired into the electrical system, so even retrofitting a Chevette shouldn't be a problem -- hell, it'd even be the fastest part of the car!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think wireless internet will become standard in all vehicles in 10 years. The technology is already widespread so why re-invent the wheel?

      One thing is for sure. It spells the end of satellite radio if you can stream in audio via WiFi.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Until you try streaming from the middle of Wyoming, for example. Not everyplace has 3G coverage, not yet.
        • 5 Years Ago
        There are a whole plethora of other variables spelling the end of satellite radio, this is just another nail in the coffin.
        • 5 Years Ago
        True on the satellite radio - unless they could also use the satellites to transmit data competing against the wifi. Hmmmm...XM/Sirius should wake up...
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