Trick Your Ride into a WiFi Hot Spot

Thursday, Feb 18, 2010  |  Updated 3:19 PM CDT
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Chrysler's Doug Johnson Explains UConnect

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Uconnect Web hooked up in a new Chrysler.

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Chrysler's Doug Johnson Explains UConnect

If you spend a lot of time in your car and love your wireless devices, Chrysler may have the car for you.
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If you spend a lot of time in your car and love your wireless devices, Chrysler may have the car for you.

The Chicago Auto Show will showcase a new offering from the company that's available in any Chrysler, Jeep or Dodge.  Basically, it turns your car into a WiFi hot spot so you can surf the 'Net on your laptop, send photos from a WiFi-enabled camera or do anything else you would with a normal wireless Internet connection.

The technology is called Uconnect Web, and it was developed by Autonet Mobile.  The basic package costs $1,100 to install and includes a year of service and a mini PC.  A more high-end package for $1,999 has everything from the basic plan and also includes a WiFi-enabled camera and a WiFi game player.

 And if you're wondering how you'd even use WiFi in your car, here's a site with a lot of cool ideas.

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