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Internet Connectivity in Vehicles: Groundbreaking Innovation or Unsafe Trend?

Posted by: Jennifer Morand

Internet Connectivity in Vehicles: Groundbreaking Innovation or Unsafe Trend?

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While the idea of in-vehicle Wi-Fi has been around for a few years, automakers are increasingly adding mobile-friendly apps to make the online experience in cars similar to sitting at home in front of a computer (think Pandora). On the heels of Audi’s recent announcement to partner with T-Mobile to bring the industry a competitively priced in-vehicle data plan, we ask the question: is where we’re heading a good thing?

Audi claims it was the first global automaker to offer in-vehicle Wi-Fi connectivity, with the launch of its infotainment system Audi connect. With Audi connect, drivers and passengers have a view of their route with Google Earth and real-time traffic information. Additionally, Audi connect brings drivers real-time localized weather, news and fuel prices; Google Voice Local Search for detailed information about travel destinations, such as restaurant hours, hotel pricing and customer reviews; and the myAudi Destination feature, which allows users to log on to Google Earth from virtually any location in the U.S. and download up to 50 destinations to the vehicle – according to Audi.

Audi and T-Mobile’s plan will offer a competitive price of $15 per month, a fraction of the cost compared to others in the market. For the full story, click here.

Having in-vehicle Internet connectivity absolutely simplifies many tasks, such as looking up an address or streaming music; however, does one really need to connect to their social networks or make dinner reservations from their car? Maybe that’s where we’re headed. Tell us your thoughts on in-vehicle broadband below, on Facebook or tweet us.


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