Turn Your Car Into a Wi-Fi Hot Spot

Autonet Mobile considers itself an ISP for cars. Now they are planning to offer their Autonet Mobile Unit to bring Wi-Fi service to automobiles on the road throughout the United States. It is designed to deliver an internet media center to vehicles. It will enable passengers to check e-mail, surf the web, game, play music, or communicate via any Wi-Fi-enabled device.

As the company’s web site states:

Simply turn on, log on and surf. No cellular data cards or special software required. And because Autonet mobile makes your car a Wi-Fi hotspot, you can pull off the road, go sit under a tree and stay connected outside your car.

The company asserts that its newly devised service will work on 95% of U.S. roads, regardless of driving conditions or location. The service can receive power via an automobile’s cigarette lighter.

The system will be unveiled in Las Vegas on January 8 at the Consumer Electronics Show. This event always results in exciting news about new tech advances and products. The New York Times reported in a recent news article that the system will soon be introduced by Avis Car Rental System. The paper reports that Avis will initially zero in on business travelers and charge $10.95 a day for access to the service. That sounds strikingly similar to the rate charged by hotels, doesn’t it?

Autonet charges $399 for the Autonet Mobile Unit. The service itself runs $49 a month. It should be available in March, but their web site is encouraging visitors to sign up now.

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