Wifi Should Be As Common In Cars As Everywhere Else
A scattered selection of car models offer in-car hotspots, allowing drivers and passengers to connect their phones and tablets to the vehicle’s mobile Wifi network. While infinitely less pressing than making pre-collision systems standard in new cars, ready access to Wifi is among the most satisfying creature comforts.
The largest deployment of this feature is in GM vehicles with OnStar. For a monthly fee of $5, up to seven devices can join the car’s network, breathing life into tablets during roadtrips, and potentially rescuing everyone in the vehicle from data plan overages. But as more models rely on regular data transfer for their infotainment systems — to display points of interest, for example, or to play music from streaming services like Pandora and Spotify — why not share some of that bandwidth? Whether car owners can choose to pay a monthly or data-based fee, or get limited Wifi service free, in-car hotspots would be another way to soften the blow of long-haul holiday travel.Back to top