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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Ford prepares to turn cars into mobile WiFi hotspots

The Ford Motor Company is letting owners turn their cars into mobile broadband hotspots from next year with the newest version of its SYNC in-car connectivity system. Sadly it's currently only available in the USA.

Customers will be able to plug a standard USB Broadband modem into the SYNC system's USB port. This creates a WiFi service within and around the vehicle, enabling passengers with WiFi-enabled laptops or mobile phones to connect. The SYNC WiFi system uses WPA2 security, requiring users to enter a password before they can connect to the internet. In addition, the driver must authorise each device when it first attempts to connect.

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