By Andrew Ganz
Monday, Dec 21st, 2009 @ 10:33 am
 
Ford has become the latest automaker to announce that its lineup will soon go wireless. Its next-generation Sync system, set to debut next year, will allow owners to use a USB mobile broadband modem to create a secure wireless hotspot in the vehicle.


"While you're driving to grandm'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, in a statement. "And you're not paying for yet another mobile subscription or piece of hardware because Ford will let you use technology you already have."

The capability will be standard on certain Sync-equipped Ford vehicles, although the Dearborn automaker hasn't confirmed availability yet. Unlike rival systems from General Motors and Chrysler, the Ford system will be available direct from the factory.