Ford: Turning your car into Wi-Fi hotspots

Today, the Dearborn, Michigan-based auto company announced that they will be releasing the second generation of its Sync in-car connectivity system which can turn the vehicle into a Wi-Fi hotspot.

The first generation of the Sync is currently offered on 13 Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles which supports Apple’s iPod and Microsoft’s Zune. It also allows Bluetooth-capable phones to sync with the car’s system.

The second generation of the Sync in-car connectivity system takes it a notch higher by offering internet connectivity via Wi-Fi to those who are within the vehicle. Passengers or the driver will have to insert their USB mobile broadband modem into a USB port.  Standard WPA2 security protocols will require users to enter a random password, and will have to specifically allow a device to connect. This is to ensure that unauthorized users (say, your neighbor in that supermarket parking lot) to take advantage of the free Wi-Fi.

No word yet as to the exact date of the release of the 2nd gen Sync. Ford also did not say how many models in 2010 will come with the new technology.

Source: http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Mobile-and-Wireless/Ford-Adds-SecondGen-WiFi-to-Turn-Vehicles-Into-Mobile-Hot-Spots-425476/

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Ahleen is a tech columnist who has written about a wide range of technology from driver-less cars to electronic diapers. She is a certified nerd and considers chocolate to be the smartest invention of mankind.

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