Ford SYNC to add mobile hotspot in your car

Ford and Microsoft teamed up to show off the Ford SYNC in 2007 at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES). Ford will be introducing a mobile WiFi hotspot to their vehicles starting next year, but requires consumers to use a USB mobile broadband (3G) network adapter.

Ford SYNC provides consumers with hands-free voice controlled music players, hands-free calling and steering wheel music controls. Ford will be adding in a USB adapter for mobile broadband sticks, so consumers can use their portable devices while driving down the highway.

The Ford SYNC hotspot will be limited to network range of their service provider, and be limited to devices compatible with WiFi. Users won't need to worry about the WiFi equipped car beside you from stealing your signal, the Ford SYNC will give the driver a randomly generated password (WPA2) for security.

Ford mentioned that their SYNC service will be available in an open-source platform soon, to encourage developers to bring new types of downloadable applications to consumer's cars.

Ford won't be releasing this until sometime next year and can expect new updates and more information at CES 2010 in Las Vegas, where Neowin will be reporting live, from January 4 – 10.

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I have sync in my 2009 model escape.. its got great features.. but sync keeps getting better with the newer models that come out..

just because of the advances in sync it kind of makes me wish i waited one more year to buy my escape :P

Dale said,
I have sync in my 2009 model escape.. its got great features.. but sync keeps getting better with the newer models that come out..

just because of the advances in sync it kind of makes me wish i waited one more year to buy my escape :P

Yeah, it's a shame you can't get a software update or something (Though hardware features would still be missing)...

I really hate it when manufacturers make deals like this. I would love to have sync, but don't own a Ford. And, seeing how I get a family discount on all GM models, I never will own one.

Sync isn't about providing a browser you can use in your car. Sync uses speech recognition to get news, weather, traffic reports, providing GPS-like turn-by-turn directions, playing the MP3s off of your device, etc. Totally hands-free.

If anything, it's probably safer to use than existing solutions that require you to take your hands off the steering wheel and eyes off the road.

They're a promoter of Leo Laporte's podcasts, and he does a pretty good job of explaining how it works. Look it up before making uninformed and downright ridiculous comments.

Yeah this is just what we need. People driving down the road on their laptops typing in Twitter or uploading pictures to FaceBook. People already have a hard enough time driving and talking or driving and texting - now they'll have wireless internet access! I can see the headlines now, "Driver causes 12 car pile-up as he types an e-mail"

Tim Dawg said,
Yeah this is just what we need. People driving down the road on their laptops typing in Twitter or uploading pictures to FaceBook. People already have a hard enough time driving and talking or driving and texting - now they'll have wireless internet access! I can see the headlines now, "Driver causes 12 car pile-up as he types an e-mail"

I'd prefer "Driver twitters his death in a carcrash" :P

SHADOW-XIII said,
yes - you have great idea! because of that we should ban internet for passengers !

If my passengers need internet access that is just sad, i must be bad company.

Of course, I can see how people argue that looking up movie or food options come to play, but i do that before i leave the house or on my phone.

The point is, this is for nerds that need constant online attention. Oh, and some business carpools.

So let me understand this. FORD have released WIFI access inside their cars if the customer purchases a 3G USB wireless internet adapter, and has a subscription with their provider.

Sorry...

What has FORD done again? SFA by the sounds of it.

A Wifi router connected to a USB 3G internet adapter is pretty much an off the shelf adapter at every electronics shop now.

Fair enough a wifi router blah blah you can buy off the shelf..but it's not like many people are going to chuck an off the shelf router in the car. Ford HAS done something at least..

Actually, the USB sticks are very popular now, and have over 1 million subscribers on some networks. That is just USB broadband users. Now people can use their stick inside of their car and laptop.

I don't think this broadband stick will be hidden somewhere inside the car, but removable.

It's funny that Dodge has had this feature in the Ram Truck since the 2009 model year, yet they got little press on it. And they don't even require you to have a 3G adapter, they have it built in!