Cadillac Adding Optional WiFi to CTS Sedan

By Kevin Miller

03.19.2009

2009_cadillac_cts_v_10Cadillac has announced today that it will offer a wireless internet system in their CTS Sedan. The system, with the longish name “Cadillac Wi-Fi by Autonet Mobile”, will be demonstrated at the New York International Auto show next month, with the system available shortly thereafter. The system uses 3G technology to access the web, and will allow CTS passengers to be online whether the car is parked or underway.

The system will be a dealer-installed option with a $499 price tag, plus $29 monthly service fee. Passengers with WiFi enabled devices such as mobile phones, music players, portable game systems, and laptop computers can each connect to the internet using the system in the CTS. It is unlikely more than three devices would be sharing the 800 kbps connection, as that is the number of passengers who can comfortably fit in the CTS.

I’m unsure who will actually buy such a system for their CTS; perhaps business people who spend a lot of time on the road or in the field (who don’t already have 3G wireless cards for their laptop computers) will find it useful; otherwise I would see the system appealing to families with one or two teen-aged kids who spend a lot of time in the car. The $29 monthly service fee will be on top of the monthly OnStar subscription of approximately $19-$29 per month, those so together those fees would total around $50/month.

The press release is attached after the jump.

DETROIT – Cadillac will offer wireless internet access for its best-selling model, adding a new dimension to the passenger experience. Cadillac Wi-Fi by Autonet Mobile comes to the CTS Sport Sedan in April, giving passengers full internet access in and around the car via their laptop or WiFi device.

The launch of Cadillac WiFi by Autonet Mobile will begin with live demonstrations at the New York International Auto Show April 10-19.

“Consumers today are frequently searching for WiFi access wherever they may be,” said Mark McNabb, North America Vice President, Cadillac. “Adding WiFi is a natural extension of the tech features already inside the CTS, such as a 40 gigabyte hard drive with USB port, a pop-up navigation system featuring real-time traffic and weather forecasts and the exclusive ability to pause and rewind live radio.”

Cadillac WiFi uses technology from Autonet Mobile, the world’s first Internet Service Provider designed exclusively for cars. Cadillac WiFi by Autonet Mobile turns the car into a WiFi hotspot and works with any operating system supporting any Wi-Fi enabled device. It delivers an easy-to-use and seamless internet experience, with 3G mobile technology that maintains internet connections while the car is in motion. The system can support several devices at once, enabling one passenger to update a Facebook page, while another is gaming online or watching YouTube videos, for example.

Designed for use by passengers, the system requires no special software and achieves speeds up to 800Kbps. The dealer-installed option will retail for $499, with a monthly service subscription of $29.

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Author: Kevin Miller

As Autosavant’s resident Swedophile, Kevin has an acute affinity for Saabs, with a mild case of Volvo-itis as well. Aside from covering most Saab-related news for Autosavant, Kevin also reviews cars and covers industry news. His “Great Drive” series, with maps and directions included, is a reader favorite.

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