GM Adds Wi-Fi Hotspots To Vehicles
October 23, 2009 at 2:28 PM (PT)
GM will offer an Internet router as a dealer-installed option on select BUICK, CADILLAC, GMC and CHEVROLET vehicles, reports AUTO NEWS. The device creates a Wi-Fi hotspot that extends 150 feet within and around the vehicle, allowing occupants to use portable devices to tap into the Web.
The Internet access will initially be available only in GM's vans, SUVs, crossovers and trucks -- vehicles most likely to be used by families. The router, sold on the GM accessories site www.gmextras.com, will sell for $499. Internet access runs about $29 a month.
"Ninety percent of customers prefer surfing the Internet over just watching movies," AUTONET MOBILE CEO STERLING PRATZ said in a statement. "Customers want the biggest brands the Internet has to offer in their car, such as FACEBOOK, YOUTUBE and FLYCAST Internet radio."