Autonet Mobile and Avis Rent-a-Car are cooking up an Internet connection that will give users a rolling Wi-Fi hotspot while riding an Avis vehicle.
This will start in March, and for $10.95 a day (on top of your car rental, of course) Avis will let you use a portable device that delivers high-speed Internet connection; true high-speed connection, Avis swears, not the sluggish and crappy type. Autonet Mobileâ€™s technology claims to have fine-tuned its interface with the 3G cellular network and will work in all major metropolitan areas and in about 95 percent of the U.S. The Autonet system makes the car a Wi-Fi hotspot, so a user may pull off the road, sit under a tree and connect outside the car.
The â€œconnected carâ€ is initially intended for business travelers. But this early, Autonet is already eyeing families like yours and mine who travel together and want to stay connected. You donâ€™t even have to rent an Avis car; you buy the Autonet device.
Autonet Mobile is set to be formally announced at next weekâ€™s CES 2007 in Las Vegas.