Caddy goes high-tech
The party in the back of your pink Cadillac is about to get a lot more crowded. As of April 2009, Caddy buyers will have the option of tacking on a wi-fi adapter, allowing gramps, grandma, and all the kids to cruise the streets with their pals from Facebook, Twitter, and, of course, TheCarConnection.com. (We'll bring the Fresca.)
The adapter--predictably dubbed "Cadillac WiFi"--comes by way of Autonet Mobile, which also supplies Chrysler vehicles with internet service via its Uconnect Web program. There's a key difference, though: the Cadillac's adapter is portable, so owners can pop it out whenever they like and transfer it to another GM vehicle with an Autonet port. You can go from your workday Caddy to your weekend Camaro without missing a single LOLcat. Lucky you.
On the technical end, Cadillac Wi-Fi works just like Uconnect Web, using broadband wireless (i.e. a high-speed cell phone network) to create a wi-fi zone in the car. The potential downside is that there's no way to limit that zone, meaning that folks may be tempted to check email and YouTube while driving. Another potential downside: people who love show porn on their rear-passenger displays will have access to MUCH more material.
P.S. For those curious about price, the adapter will debut at around $500, with monthly subscriptions in the $30 range. Not cheap, but you might be able to nix your SIRIUS XM account and move over to Pandora. (Don't worry: your kids will explain.)
[source: Autonews, sub req'd]