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    Chrysler will offer wireless Internet access in 2009 models

    The struggling automaker's announcement comes shortly before California enacts a law that requires hands-free cellphone use while driving.

    By Ken Bensinger, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
    June 25, 2008

    Have you ever thought rush hour on the 405 Freeway might be more bearable if you could check your e-mail, shop for a book on Amazon, place some bids on EBay and maybe even, if nobody is looking, download a little porn?

    Then perhaps you should be driving a Chrysler.

    The nation's third-largest automaker is set to announce Thursday that it's making wireless Internet an option on all its 2009 models. The mobile hotspot, called UConnect Web, would be the first such technology from any automaker.

    Struggling Chrysler is hoping that providing motorists access to the information superhighway will set it apart from competitors and help reverse a dismal year; through May, sales are down 19.3% compared with 2007, the worst drop-off in the industry.

    "It's a notion of always wanting to be connected wherever you are," said Scott Slagle, Chrysler's senior manager of global marketing strategy, who has been testing the technology since last week, allowing his daughters to surf the Web from the back seat. "There's a demand for that."

    Coincidentally, Wi-Fi on wheels is being unveiled just days before new hands-free legislation goes into effect July 1 in California and Washington state. Those laws, designed to reduce accidents caused by driver distraction, prohibit talking on a cellular phone without a headset or other hands-free device.
    Interesting. Dangerous but interesting.

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    Oh Lord, now no one will be looking at the road. :(
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elspeth View Post
    Oh Lord, now no one will be looking at the road. :(
    With people either eating a big mac, french fries, drinking, talking on the cell phone, smoking and not using turn signals, all we need is another distraction for more wrecks. The auto industry needs to come up with a hands free idiot proof car that drives itself. Just punch the destination into the computer and let the car do the driving.
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    With gas at 8.00 a gallon not that many people will be driving so don't worry. ;) :(
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vepr View Post
    With gas at 8.00 a gallon not that many people will be driving so don't worry. ;) :(
    Jeez!

    Actually, I've heard that $8/gallon figure. It scares the crap out of me. I won't be able to drive to work.:eek:

    Is it really speculation that is driving these gas prices up?
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