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Everywhere connectivity is even closer with the announcement that GM will be offering dealer-installed Autonet routers in its SUV and truck offerings. Chrysler was the first to put Autonet in cars a year ago, and Volkswagen signed up in August of this year, putting the mobile router docking station in its Routan. The Autonet kit is available this month for installs in the GMC, Chevrolet, Buick, and Cadillac lineups, or you can order it on GM's accessories site.

Full price for installation is $500 in GM offerings, and you'll pay $29 every month for 1 GB of service -- exceed 1 GB and service stops -- or you can plunk down for the 5 GB service. You can use it within 150 feet of your car but there's no encryption, so a bunch of other folks can use it as well. However, if you just want to get some e-mails and directions, research a few tunes on Songza, and, most importantly, get the kids to be quiet for a spell, it just might be worth it.

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Oops... weird second posting on my part. Sorry AB crowd.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I remember when Chrysler announced this. Many said it was a gimick. Now that GM and VW are doing it I wonder if they still think that. To me it's like sat nav; you can buy the OEM system integrated or you can get a Garmin or TomTom for less $ but not have the big screen . You can have in car internet or use your balckberry iPhone for less $ but not have the big screen etc.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Except that the myfi alternative is cheaper, more functional AND readily portable outside your car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        $500 to install, only 1gb limit, and a $30 a month fee?

        That sucks. That sucks on so many levels.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I looked up this "Autonet Mobile" on their website and you can encrypt the router, according to their FAQs. Good thing, because that would just be super lame if people could poach your WiFi!

      "Does Autonet Mobile provide a secure connection?

      Yes. Your WiFi connection is secured with WEP encryption, MAC address restriction or WAN port restriction. Also supports VPN pass-through. Public hotspots do not offer security. WPA2 will be available in a few months."
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is crap, for all the reasons everyone else has mentioned.

      If you actually WANT a wifi hotspot in your car, get either the Mifi device or get a regular USB 3G or 4G modem with unlimited downloads for $50 or $60 a month and a suitable Cradlepoint travel router for $180. It goes where you want, no need to be tied to the car.

      It even has WPA. OMG! What will they think of next?
      • 5 Years Ago
      does it come with the mopar logo on it? is that a mopar logo bottom right?

      anyway this is silly. i agree Frank, way overpriced and aftermarket you can get the same thing or better...
      • 5 Years Ago
      OK so in Ontario, we have laws against distracted driving, and a new one just rolling out so you can't be using a cell phone while driving, so what does on-board internet do for that? I'm assuming the driver won't be able to directly access the internet, but I see this as being more of a burden than a bonus. Besides, you can get those mobile sticks that plug into your laptops now that access cell phone towers anywhere and get great speed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No Encryption and only 1gb per month? That is so stupid I can't even fathom it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Seriously this is an awful service.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Let's see, with WiFi, BlueTooth, OnStar, SYNC, Navigation, 100-disk CD changer, 500GB hard drives, Blaupunkt stereos, cars that stop AND park themselves, backup cameras, and Super-Handling-All-Wheel-Drive (and plenty I don't remember), I feel that my place as a driver has been usurped.

      If you need me, i'll be out shopping for something minimalist. Maybe an Elise?

        • 5 Years Ago
        How in gods name does wi-fi in the car effect your driving(besides the distraction factor)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Even that's too complicated. Give me a Caterham R500.
        • 5 Years Ago
        lolz, sry for crashing into ur car, wuz luking @ porn in my car
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly! Glad to hear others get the point of 'driving' as well...keep it simple, keep it fun.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Whose cellular network do these things use?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Another distraction. We will all need armor plated cars and body armor to protect us when these distracted drivers slam into us.
      • 5 Years Ago
      For the non-technical reader, can anyone put 1 gb of internet use into practical terms? Does that only mean you can't be downloading videos in your car, or that just daily web surfing would be a no-go?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Garbage!
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