2009 New York Preview: Cadillac CTS gets Wi-Fi system

Cadillac announced today that it will now offer internet access on the CTS Sedan in April that will give passengers full internet access in and around the car with their laptop or other WiFi device. Cadillac Wi-Fi, provided by Autonet Mobile, will be unveiled at the 2009 New York Auto Show next month

“In the back seat they”re basically going to YouTube, where they once watched DVD players,” Autonet CEO Sterling Pratz told Automotive News. “Now every Cadillac CTS will come with the capability to have YouTube and Facebook in the car.”

Cadillac says that the Wi-Fi can achieve speeds of up to 800Kbps. The dealer-installed option will retail for $499 plus a monthly subscription of $29.

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Press Release:

Hot Car, Hot Spot: Cadillac CTS Adds WiFi System

DETROIT ““ Cadillac will offer wireless internet access for its best-selling model, adding a new dimension to the passenger experience. Cadillac Wi-Fi by Autonet Mobile comes to the CTS Sport Sedan in April, giving passengers full internet access in and around the car via their laptop or WiFi device.

The launch of Cadillac WiFi by Autonet Mobile will begin with live demonstrations at the New York International Auto Show April 10-19.

“Consumers today are frequently searching for WiFi access wherever they may be,” said Mark McNabb, North America Vice President, Cadillac. “Adding WiFi is a natural extension of the tech features already inside the CTS, such as a 40 gigabyte hard drive with USB port, a pop-up navigation system featuring real-time traffic and weather forecasts and the exclusive ability to pause and rewind live radio.”

Cadillac WiFi uses technology from Autonet Mobile, the world”s first Internet Service Provider designed exclusively for cars. Cadillac WiFi by Autonet Mobile turns the car into a WiFi hotspot and works with any operating system supporting any Wi-Fi enabled device. It delivers an easy-to-use and seamless internet experience, with 3G mobile technology that maintains internet connections while the car is in motion. The system can support several devices at once, enabling one passenger to update a Facebook page, while another is gaming online or watching YouTube videos, for example.

Designed for use by passengers, the system requires no special software and achieves speeds up to 800Kbps. The dealer-installed option will retail for $499, with a monthly service subscription of $29.

– By: Kap Shah