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Silicon_Smith
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re: Internet access in the car: A wish list item for the younger generation
Silicon_Smith   3/31/2011 2:42:11 PM
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I feel that a 3G or 4G mobile device would do it for me. But, a car connected to the internet, road safety system, a traffic control system et al. sounds like a cool ride. Of course, the roads and the vehicles must be automated in my fantasy.

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re: Internet access in the car: A wish list item for the younger generation
jhchang   3/31/2011 2:16:11 PM
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Jeff I think the article literally means being able to surf the Internet with some form of a browser.

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re: Internet access in the car: A wish list item for the younger generation
jhchang   3/31/2011 2:13:55 PM
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Bert22306 I hope you live your full life expectancy. I would not get into a car your son-in-law is driving, if I were you.

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re: Internet access in the car: A wish list item for the younger generation
Jeff.Petro   3/29/2011 6:47:59 PM
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I'll play devil's advocate and ask the tough questions ... namely, what systems within a vehicle require an internet connection? It's obvious that the driver would be unable to use the internet unless it had a voice interface, which it doesn't. The GPS/mapping software might use it, but the maps are usually preloaded so again, not needed. Traffic reports? I believe those piggy-back on the AM radio signals, therefore not needed. Only passengers could use the internet if it was present, but they could just as easily use a smartphone to surf ... assuming that they absolutely require the access. So back to my original question ... what systems within a vehicle require an internet connection?

old account Frank Eory
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re: Internet access in the car: A wish list item for the younger generation
old account Frank Eory   3/28/2011 11:20:18 PM
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I'm with you on this one Larry. When my car wants to access the net, I would much rather that it use my 3G or 4G phone that's sitting right there. Nobody wants to pay extra for the car to have it's own data plan -- it should be perfectly capable of piggy-backing on the user's internet-connected phone.

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re: Internet access in the car: A wish list item for the younger generation
LarryM99   3/28/2011 10:53:10 PM
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The shift is when the car accesses the Internet, not the passengers. The question is whether the car has its own cell connection or borrows that of one of the passengers. Personally, I'd prefer the latter. Larry M.

Bert22306
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re: Internet access in the car: A wish list item for the younger generation
Bert22306   3/28/2011 10:36:41 PM
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What's the big deal? You have a 3G or 4G phone, you have Internet in the car. Obviously, that's not going to be the best way for a driver to use the Internet, I mean a typical smartphone or tablet user interface, but in principle the link already exists. Works fine. My son-in-law does all sorts of looking up online, while we drive places.

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re: Internet access in the car: A wish list item for the younger generation
zeeglen   3/28/2011 10:08:55 PM
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This is a joke, right? Happy April Fool's Day.

chanj0
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re: Internet access in the car: A wish list item for the younger generation
chanj0   3/28/2011 7:17:00 PM
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In-Vehicle Internet access is going to be a demanding technology. The challenge is the co-existence of the information freedom and the road safety.



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