Chrysler launches wireless option

US automobile giant Chrysler is to introduce a service next year which will allow drivers to turn their cars and trucks into wireless internet hotspots.

The company says the feature will be available as part of its "uconnect" system to debut in most 2009 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep models.

The wireless internet will come as a dealer-installed option and will work over mobile telephone links. It will come with a monthly fee which has not yet been determined, spokesman Todd Goyer said.

Mr Goyer explained that people will be able to use laptop computers in their cars and trucks just as if they were in an office or home.

To access the internet, vehicles will need to have "uconnect" hardware, which Chrysler will unveil to compete with Ford's "Sync" and other in-car electronic systems.

The uconnect system will link mobile telephones and personal music players to the car's onboard electronics, with the ability to control an Apple iPod with radio and steering wheel controls. The system also has navigation and real-time traffic features, controlled by voice recognition or a touch screen.

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