By Drew Johnson
Monday, Dec 14th, 2009 @ 1:46 pm
 
Keeping up with the latest in wireless technology, General Motors announced on Monday that seven new Chevy models are now available with Chevrolet Wi-Fi by Autonet Mobile. The dealer-installed Wi-Fi technology is certified to work with new Equinox, Traverse, Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban, Avalanche and Express models.

Connecting to the Web via the 3G network, Chevrolet Wi-Fi creates an in-vehicle internet hotspot that also extends up to a 150 feet radius around the vehicle. The system is capable of handling multiple wireless devices and returns speeds up to 1.5 mbps - allowing for streaming video.

Although a helpful feature for long family trips, Chevrolet also expects the Wi-Fi technology to be used for business applications.

"Chevrolet Wi-Fi by Autonet Mobile enhances commuting, family vacations and work," says Chris Rauser, Chevrolet Accessories Manager. "It benefits active families on the go, as well as professionals who need immediate information at remote job sites. Its uses are almost endless."

The system retails for $399, but is available until December 31 for $199 with a two-year contract. Chevrolet Wi-Fi also requires a $29 monthly service fee, plus the price of dealer installation.