Onboard Internet will soon be offered as regular option, auto experts say

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 29, 2010

Onboard Internet will soon be a regular option in cars as the technology is expected to make a breakthrough in the masses within the next few years, according to a group of experts who attended a meeting at the Automobilwoche Congress in Berlin.

Ulrich Kurth, an automotive specialist at T-Systems told the Congress that on-board Internet can happen in two to three years as it “goes hand-in hand with the continued, rapid development of car-to car communication.”

Automobilwoche is a sister publication of Automotive News Europe. Kurth added that all the components needed to roll out the technology are at hand. He said that the chemical mixture has become “explosive” and that it is now “only a matter of how these components come together."

Nonetheless, Stefan Bratzel, manager of the Center of Automotive at the University of Applied Sciences in Bergisch Gladbach, warned that automakers shouldn't underestimate how appealing onboard Internet is.

He also said that they shouldn’t permit non-automotive companies to beat them in offering universal standards for the technology. [via autonews - sub. required]

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