Upcoming Fords to be Wi-Fi Hotspots on Wheels

Paul Lilly

The Ford Motor Company today announced plans to turn vehicles into rolling Wi-Fi hotspots when it introduces the second generation of its SYNC in-car connectivity system next year.

That means passengers will be able to connect to the Internet from just about anywhere. All the vehicle's owner has to do is plug in their USB mobile broadband modem into SYNC's USB port and it will start beaming out a secured Wi-Fi signal wherever the modem is able to connect.

"While you're driving to grandma's house, your spouse can be finishing the holiday shopping and the kids can be chatting with friends and updating their Facebook profiles," said Mark Fields , Ford president of The Americas. "And you're not paying for yet another mobile subscription or piece of hardware because Ford will let you use technology you already have."

To prevent unauthorized piggybacking, Ford says its SYNC Wi-Fi system will default to WPA2 with a randomly chosen password.

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