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New version of Sync turns car into mobile wireless hotspot

Mon, 21 Dec 2009

The next generation of Ford's Sync system will turn the car into a wireless connection hotspot.

The wireless Internet connection is active when a cellular wireless card, also known as an air card, is plugged into the car's USB port. The connection can than be accessed by wireless devices in the car, such as a laptop computer or a handheld device.

The connection is protected so that only approved devices can use the network. This blocks someone nearby the car from getting a free ride.

The use of Sync for wireless Internet is Ford's response to competitors that offer an add-on connection system, typically as a dealer-installed item.

The second generation of Sync, which Ford developed with Microsoft, goes on sale next year.

By Dale Jewett