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11/23/2010 07:00 PM EST
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Robotics Developer   11/27/2010 2:35:46 AM
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Given that there is already talk of laws prohibiting some use of the cell phones while driving (for the driver) due to the distraction factor, I wonder how long it would be before "driving while interneting" (DWI!) would be prohibited. I agree that it "might" be nice for the passengers to have internet access but I question the value add for a car. I would think that there is more bang for the buck with the 4G enabled phones/devices, they are usable most everywhere and do not require you to be in the car.

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daleste   11/27/2010 1:35:20 AM
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I agree that it is another distraction for the driver. It would be great for the passengers (if there are any) and when the car is parked. It is also another automotive feature that has a residual revenue stream like satellite radio and On Star.

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goafrit   11/24/2010 3:01:16 PM
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Very soon, the car, the home, the office, anywhere cannot be differentiated with all these mobile systems. I personally do not like the idea of connecting the car, just like I wish cellphones should stop ringing when driving. But these are the future and we better get ready.

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Dave.Dykstra   11/24/2010 1:00:17 AM
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"Key offering" maybe, but it looks like it won't be much of a "differentiator" since they'll all pretty much have it. I suppose there could be differing levels of implementation to differentiate, but I doubt if there will be significant differences except in possibly the pre-installed devices. I'm not sure how much more distraction I want to have in my car - just watching traffic can be sufficient especially during peak traffic hours.

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Mark Wehrmeister   11/23/2010 8:50:59 PM
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I hope the automotive manufacturers price this feature competitively with the MIFI device from Verizon, Sprint, and others. The MIFI device provides a mobile WiFi hotspot with built-in broadband modem. Even better, it can be moved from car to car.

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chanj0   11/23/2010 8:48:35 PM
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Distraction in the car is growing. With WiFi enabled vehicle, there will be Internet and Cloud-based service in the way of driver's attention to the road. On the hands, mobile hotspot is an idea. Is there any detail that can be shared?

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