Delphi, Autonet Mobile Bring Wi-Fi To Cars
November 4, 2008 at 12:59 PM (PT)
DELPHI CORPORATION and AUTONET MOBILE have agreed to market and develop Internet-connectivity technology products for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that could make it easier to get wi-fi in moving automobiles. The next-generation telematics platform will ostensibly deliver entertainment, downloadable content and many other forms of media that may be able to generate a new ecosystem of revenue for OEMs.
The companies are currently field-testing the patent-pending technology to create a secure, mobile wi-fi hotspot within a moving vehicle, as well as help to eliminate the "dropped call" syndrome. Vehicle passengers stay connected to the Internet with any WiFi device while on the road. The technology provides access to e-mail, web information, games and other Internet-based activities. Adult passengers can access weather reports and traffic conditions, make dinner or movie reservations or shop online, while children in the back seat can complete homework or play online games.
AUTONET MOBILE currently offers a version of their wi-fi device as an accessory on CHRYSLER, JEEP and DODGE models; the partnership with DELPHI could help to bring the technology further into the mainstream once it's adopted as standard equipment, continuous, mobile high-speed Internet access could provide Internet radio with opportunities to increase their audience and listener loyalty. It could also provide a genuine threat to over-the-air radio, which covets the confines of the car as one of its last strongholds.
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