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A Better Idea!!

A Better Idea!!!
by Gary Woods

It looks like 2007 will be the year that technology and your car get closer together. Ford's Sync, which is a hands-free cell phone device running on Microsoft's Auto operating system will let you control your MP3 player using voice commands. Future versions of Sync will allow you to download your e-mail while driving and then have the system read it to you. Listening to all those Viagra emails being read to you should be fascinating at 65 MPH.

Another firm, Autonet Mobile (, is looking to make your car into a rolling hotspot. They have a book-size router that plugs into your cigarette lighter and connects to the same kind of high-speed cell networks used by wireless PC cards. This means that everybody in the car could be connected to the Internet looking at different sites. This little beauty will be out in late spring 2007 for about $400 and $50 per month.

And yes, there's even a third company, Aeris ( that is looking to the 2008 model year to bring to market a non-US automobile that will download data at up to 2 megabits per second.

As the Internet Protocol version 6 becomes more common, cars could be used to gather data about weather, traffic patterns and a whole lot more. Currently this technology looks to be slated for entry into Japanese and European cars somewhere in 2009.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc