Mobile data access via your cellphone is nothing new, but the costs can certainly mount up if a number of people are using it. Add in the inconvenience of either tethering your handset to a computer (whether by Bluetooth or cable) or, worse, trying to do all your surfing via your phone’s display and you start to see the business model for AutoNet Mobile’s product. They’ve taken all that’s good about high-speed mobile internet access and bundled it inside a WiFi router that’s powered by your car’s battery. Net product is seamless internet on the move, with some help from AutoNet’s own cell-tower transition smoothing wizardry.
The fact that it pumps out WiFi means no specific cables, no Bluetooth speed or range limitations and no need for handset/carrier specific software. It’ll be offered on select Avis rental cars later on this year in 10 major cities, or available to private buyers for around $399 with a $49/month service rental charge.