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Issue #2003 - 19 (June 2003)
(Updated June 12, 2003)


3Com & Fiat WiFi Together in the Back Seat

Source: yahoo.news

Madrid, Spain - 3Com and Fiat have announced a new wireless networking technology enabling passengers to connect with high-speed access to the Internet offered by service stations, car parks or urban environments equipped with wireless 'hot-spots.' 

The Wi-Fi system installed in the Lancia Phedra, first seen at Diva 2003, offers broadband Internet access via the vehicle's multimedia system, with the same level of functionality as provided in the office or home. The 3Com advanced Wi-Fi connectivity solution is augmented by AWAutoPC with a wireless keyboard, developed by AWA, a partner of 3Com. 

Wi-Fi technology is not only used to connect the vehicle to wireless stations or hotspots but also to create a wireless LAN inside the car so passengers can connect to the Internet or exchange files and gain access to different applications such as wireless video security, traffic information or roadmaps. 

"The automobile industry is one of the first markets introducing these new technologies with the aim of making the passenger experience more comfortable and enjoyable," said Claudio San Pedro, country manager, Fiat Auto España, S.A. "Adding 3Com's Wi-Fi technology to vehicles creates amazing opportunities for both the business or consumer user. Because we recognize the great popularity of wireless technology, we have equipped our Lancia Phedra car with a Wi-Fi system to show its applications and advantages."

Source: Yahoo News

MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: This is not rocket science under the cover, as far as Wi-Fi is concerned but is yet another innovative way of extending Wi-Fi hotspot concept to the car and its passengers. A sub-WLAN within the car is interesting idea to avoid fighting among your kids who may want to subscribe to different channels of entertainment. Unfortunately, this divergence is possible only when you are at a gas station or fixed spot. As you drive out, gone is the entertainment because 3G is not out there on the highway at affordable price even in future. But we can dream on.

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