The Next Wi-Fi Hot Spot: Your Car
I’ve recently been introduced to Sons of Anarchy, and since that day, my Netflix subscription and I have happily spent a lot of time together. I admit, I’m addicted to the show and kind of wish I could take it wherever I go.
To do that economically, I’d need a Wi-Fi connection to follow me in my day-to-day travels. Unless I hop between Starbucks locations all day, my SOA dreams are doomed.
But wait! The good people at General Motors have a solution for those of us who have a hard time tearing ourselves way from constant connectivity. Not only is it possible to access the Internet from our cars, our cars will soon become the Internet.
In an era when personal mobile devices have completely infiltrated our lives, it shouldn’t be surprising that vehicles will become devices for communication as much as they are devices for transportation.
GM has partnered with AT&T to bring 4G LTE Internet access into most of its vehicles beginning next year. In addition to the obvious benefits of being able to connect up to 8 different devices to a car’s Wi-Fi, the connected car can communicate back with the GM mothership and receive software updates and maintenance that would in the past have required a trip to a dealership.
It’s not all rainbows and sunshine, though, in the land of 4G Internet access. An NBC News story says,
Adopting 4G LTE will yield data speeds as much as 10 times faster than older 3G wireless technology. The challenge for AT&T will be to expand its own network coverage to ensure that motorists actually have access to the service.
Whoa. Wait a minute. Does that mean GM committed to offering a service that might not even work if AT&T can’t expand? That won’t go over well with SOA fans, and I don’t think GM wants to deal with the retaliation of angry, leather-clad followers of the Redwood Original.
Should cars become Wi-Fi hot spots, or should the Internet stay out of our vehicles?