Booting Up: GM rolling out Wi-Fi across product line
The nightmare of a long drive jammed in a car with all your nearest and dearest could soon be over. In just a few years, family road trips may seem vastly different: Passengers will be able to have their own devices to play a game, stream a movie, or get work done on a computer.Um, hello? Aren't we trying to get people to *stop* using their wireless devices in the car? Isn't wifi going to make this worse? Are we likely to see commuters trying to use their laptop while steering as a result of this "innvoation"?
That’s because General Motors is working to turn cars into roving Wi-Fi hotspots for up to seven devices, introducing high-speed connectivity into more than 30 of its 2015 models. I had a chance to drive a 2015 Buick Regal with 4G LTE from Boston to New York last week, and it was superconvenient to use my favorite navigation app, Waze, while hooked up to the in-car Wi-Fi. The in-car mobile plans also come with enhanced OnStar, a service that offers emergency response, connectivity to real people, diagnostics and turn-by-turn navigation.
Now, look, I get it. The idea that I could surf the web on my iPad while the Mrs. drives us north to see the families is pretty appealing. The kids could use their devices - TheBoy has a PS Vita and can hang with his Madden peeps; BabyGirl G. is a budding Whovian and can watch shows online - and that would make the ride go much smoother.
But I fear these would be the exceptions to the rule. I suspect you'll start seeing cases of "distracted driving" shoot through the roof once wifi comes to the family truckster. Put in the capability to put any wi-fi capable device in your car and be connected, I suspect the allure of engaging in chat forums while stuck in traffic will start to increase traffic accidents.
Perhaps GM is in collusion with Maaco?
That is all.