In Car WiFi – Ford Motor Company, I Love You.

I drive a Ford. To be honest,  I’ve never really been a brand loyalist when it comes to cars. My last car was a Honda, the one before a Chevrolet. As our family started to grow we bought an Expedition and its suited us just perfectly. We LOVE road trips, which means we need room and its a comfortable ride. The kids have their space, we have ours and there is ample room for changing stinky diapers.

Our Ford is just about paid off, and with the appending birth of our baby – we really do not want a car payment!  Well something I just ran across may have just changed my mind on that car payment thing.

FORD SYNC GOES WIFI TURNING CAR INTO MOBILE INTERNET HOT SPOT FOR PASSENGERS WHILE ON THE GO

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 21, 2009 – Ford Motor Company will turn vehicles into rolling WiFi hot spots when it introduces the second generation of its popular SYNC® in-car connectivity system next year.

Inserting an owner’s compatible USB mobile broadband modem – sometimes called an “air card” – into SYNC’s USB port will produce a secure wireless connection that will be broadcast throughout the vehicle, allowing passengers with WiFi-enabled mobile devices to access the Internet anywhere the broadband modem receives connectivity.

“While you’re driving to grandma’s house, your spouse can be finishing the holiday shopping and the kids can be chatting with friends and updating their Facebook profiles,” said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas. “And you’re not paying for yet another mobile subscription or piece of hardware because Ford will let you use technology you already have.”

Studies by the Consumer Electronics Association show that as many as 77 million adults make up the so-called technology enthusiast drivers population, more than half of whom express the desire for a connected communications and information system in their vehicles. Even among the general population, more than one third of Americans would be interested in the ability to check email and access Web sites in their vehicles.

Read the full press release here…

I thought I’d want a new car due to the new car/non-kid smell – but no, it’s totally for internet access. I love my air card, but how stinking cool would it be to cruise the US with a wifi connection anywhere!  This is something this digital mom NEEDS. okay, maybe not NEEDS, but definitely wants.  Going to buy some lotto tickets tomorrow. You never know…

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