Not quite. OnStar is based on analog cellular, not the more modern 3G/4G networks. The data capabilities of it in that form are very limited. The reason that 'people' (i.e. the car companies) are relictant to consider accessing via external networks is because of the barriers to entry which block real innovation. Check out an article which ran in Wired (http://www.wired.com/culture/culturereviews/magazine/17-06/nep_auto) on this.
I see OnStar providing this using the cell coverage already needed for it's service. It's practically a free feature add for them.
I don't see people enabling the feature for free without tying you to their solution.
thats great to have however i am at side of @Robotics Developer. Even with my music player i am getting un-focused while im driving. Adding more clever gadgets to driving console, having video conf. while travelling or having advices about road, cinema etc...aint we enough occupied during the day with all handy gizmos. Driving security is more and more disturbed in my belief. of course with simpliest interface and user friendly sw. i d be on side of having all in my car. But till that time, i still bet on safer drive.
We have previously implemented a car PC with WiFi. That enabled devices within the car to use it for communication and to share the PCs 3G connection. Of interested would be to use it as scatternet where cars form a network car to car to car. Alerts etc could be passed a bit like DSRC. WiFi though can suffer in reception with moving targets.
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This is a very interesting news. I've always have desired the Wi-Fi connectivity while in the public transport. I know this is already happening in some cities but not in mine yet.
Having wi-fi while commuting is a productivity enhancement that would surely be a nice to have and later a "can't live without it".
Though... I do agree... isn't there a limit to the amount of internet our bodies can take? :-)
Integrating a 3g/4g radio+ WiFi chip into an car .. I suspect the costs will be more than 25$ that is mentioned in this article. Anyway the real cost driver is the dataplan you need to subscribe to which will come at another 30-40$/month... If everyone already has a smart phone/tablet which is already connected to 3g, then whats the point of having a separate data plan for the car?
That is generally not the case with factory-installed equipment. One rationale is that there is real risk to allowing uncontrolled external access to internal automotive systems, but I think that it has more to do with the idea that they can make more money selling data plans than by providing services over someone elses data plans.