Back in October, General Motors announced plans to offer Wi-Fi routers for its full lineup of vehicles. Although the routers -- built by Autonet Mobile -- had been available as aftermarket add-ons for quite a while, putting installation in the hands of dealers made in-car internet an "official" GM thing.
At the time of the announcement, Wi-Fi routers were already offered on Cadillacs; GM said that GMC vehicles would follow, with Chevrolet bringing up the rear. Well, we're happy to report that the rear is here: as of today, Equinox, Traverse, Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban, Avalanche, and Express owners can purchase a Wi-Fi router and have it installed at their dealership of choice. Best of all, between now and December 31, buyers receive a $200 rebate if they sign up for two years of internet service. That make the $399 router just $199, which isn't a bad deal -- and it certainly lessens the sting of contracts that start at $29 per month for one GB of data.
Curious types can scan the complete press release below.
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DETROIT – Owners of several Chevrolet models can transform their vehicle into a rolling Wi-Fi hot spot with Chevrolet Wi-Fi by Autonet Mobile. This dealer-installed system enables full Internet access inside the vehicle – and up to a 150 feet radius around the vehicle – with a laptop or mobile Wi-Fi device.
“Chevrolet Wi-Fi by Autonet Mobile enhances commuting, family vacations and work,” says Chris Rauser, Chevrolet Accessories Manager. “It benefits active families on the go, as well as professionals who need immediate information at remote job sites. Its uses are almost endless.”
Autonet Mobile is the world’s first Internet service provider designed exclusively for vehicles. As a GM Officially Licensed Product, Chevrolet Wi-Fi by Autonet Mobile is certified to work with the following new Chevrolet models:
Chevrolet Wi-Fi reflects the trend of increased Internet access on the go. According to JiWire’s Mobile Audience Insights Report, eight percent of all public Wi-Fi users log-in while traveling on subways (three percent) and ferries or cruise ships (five percent). In addition, JiWire reports that total public Wi-Fi users jumped 18 percent in just seven months, from December 2008 to June 2009.
Chevrolet Wi-Fi is designed for use by passengers, or by the driver when the vehicle is parked. The system requires no special software and achieves speeds up to 1.5 mbps. It uses TRU Technology to maintain Internet connections over the 3G network while the vehicle is in motion, allowing uninterrupted streaming of videos and more.
For families, Chevrolet Wi-Fi allows kids and teens to research homework topics on the ride home, connect to friends on social sites, and stream videos on long drives. The internet connection can support several devices at once, enabling multiple passengers to use the connection for their separate devices.
When it comes to worksite use, the Wi-Fi connection offers immediate access to everything the Web offers to make the job quicker and easier, from access to online ordering sites, municipal sites with permit and building code information and more. And when used with a laptop computer, the information comes in a larger, easier to navigate format than the small displays of cell phones.
Additional docking stations are available, enabling customers to easily move the Chevrolet Wi-Fi by Autonet Mobile router from vehicle to vehicle.