I freely admit, I get kinda twitchy when I’m away from the Internet.
Between my at-home service, the wireless hotspots at Starbucks and my beloved WiFi iPod Touch, it’s not often that the World Wide Web eludes me.
The one place WiFi has yet to infiltrate my life is in the car, which only recently became glaringly apparent when my online addiction kicked in and I happened to be at the one point on Earth farthest from all things WiFi: the middle of Wyoming.
Wyoming should be known for the two things it has in abundance: antelope and dirt. Unfortunately for me, neither of those is useful when the ultimate Facebook status comes to mind while barreling across a desolate freeway at 80 miles an hour.
If only a car company catered to online addicts by building vehicles that are also wireless hotspots…
The company will update its SYNC with MyFord Touch technology to add a rolling WiFi hotspot for all those passengers who suffer from Internet withdrawal while traveling.
The system will support up to five connected devices and will start to appear in new Ford Focus vehicles in the UK next year.
Ford says it will be the first time WiFi has appeared in a standard consumer car, but you can be sure the technology will show up in other cars soon.
I’m pretty confident our jgoods will think anyone with more intelligence than an average cantaloupe will see that this is a terrible idea. He has a valid point; drivers are already distracted enough between nav systems, food and drink, music controls, cell phones and keeping their eyes on the road.
But seriously, in-car WiFi isn’t for drivers. It’s for passengers who need a fix while passing through the desolate and dusty section of desert some people call Wyoming.
In-car WiFi: Yes or no?