2011 Subaru Outback: A Wi-Fi Hotspot On Wheels

Posted: Jul 19 2010, 2:06pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 12 2010, 12:29am CDT, in News | Hot Gadgets

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The family road trip is about to get a lot cooler. Subaru has announced that the latest version of its Outback will have an optional feature that allows users to pay for monthly access to Wi-Fi.
For around $1,200 in the first two years, the newest model of Subaru's Outback car will let passengers access the Internet anytime, anywhere.

It will incorporate a system called Autonet Mobile, which literally turns the car into an 802.11 a/b/g mobile hotspot for 2.5G and 3G data connections.

"Subaru Mobile Internet easily allows users to check e-mail, surf the Web or listen to Internet radio and even stream video and post to social networking sites," said Subaru in a statement.

The system costs $499 to install, and customers will have to pay $29 a month to keep the service active. In addition, there's a one-time activation fee of $35.

All in all, that's not a bad deal, especially for families that are on the road a lot. I would have given anything to have Wi-Fi access in the car when I used to go on cross-country road trips as a kid.

Autonet is also available on select Cadillac and Chrysler models.

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