Information Superhighway Hits the Road

Dash Navigation, WAAV Inc. and Autonet Mobile Inc. offer new devices for wireless access on the interstate.

Surfing the Web, real-time traffic updates, downloading movies or music, even remote game-playing are now possible from the road thanks to new Internet devices that can turn a car into a moving high-tech hub.

The car will be home to “the fourth screen,” said Paul Lego , chief executive of Dash Navigation Inc. “First screen is the TV; second, the PC; third, the phone; and the fourth logical place for a screen is the car.”

WAAV’s and Autonet Mobile’s boxes create in-car WiFi, allowing driver and passengers to connect to the Internet with all kinds of devices, from laptops to Sony’s PlayStation Portable to the new generation of Skype phones.

The Dash Express brings Internet to the car, but on a single screen that has limited offerings.

All the devices use the data networks that wireless carriers have spent billions to build.
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