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Chrysler to Add WiFi to Cars This Year

Zach Epstein
March 26th, 2008 at 8:27 AM

As state laws continue to become more stringent with regards to safe driving practices, Chrysler appears to be going a different route. Sure, Chrysler’s upcoming wireless internet service offering is more geared towards passengers as opposed to the driver but you know as well as we do, plenty of people will want to take advantage of that high speed data while commuting. According to Frank Klegon, Chrysler’s head of product development, a new WiFi connectivity option will become installable on the automaker’s lineup at some point this year and will later be added to assembly line production. The new system will make use of high speed cellular data networks and as such, customers will need to subscribe in order to make use of the offering. We’re not yet sure which carrier(s) Chrysler will be dealing with for its in-car WiFi service. The connectivity service announcement comes on the same day Chrysler CEO Robert Nardelli made it known that Chrysler will be stepping up its game as far as Mopar parts and accessories are concerned. Special editions and accessory packages will kick off the effort, such as a Wrangler sporting an off-road navigation system, chrome grill, heavy duty bumper and beefed up sound system. It looks like money in the car-manufacturing business isn’t what it used to be. Those of us already packing high speed connectivity solutions such as HSDPA laptop cards or JoikuSpot might not be running out to purchase a Chrysler as a result of WiFi integration, but it certainly is progressive in terms of opening up a host of new service options for the everyman.

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Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.




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