Chrysler's connected car plan

Chrysler announces its wireless plan for cars.

Chrysler's MyGig system
Chrysler's MyGig system could get Wi-Fi. CNET Networks

At the recent Detroit auto show, Chrysler announced a road map for connecting cars to the Internet. In the near term, the company is looking at using cellular and Wi-Fi for data connections into cars. Chrysler is also looking into WiMax as a future solution. In its press release, Chrysler mentioned it would use an Internet connection into the car for the following services:

  • Turn-by-turn navigation combined with satellite imagery to provide more realistic maps
  • Automatic wireless map updates, to ensure that drivers will always have the most up-to-date map information. Real-time weather and hazard information will also be available.
  • Electronic service reminders, delivered directly to the vehicle
  • Internet search
  • E-mail access, to include access to e-mail accounts, read-out of messages using text-to-text speech, and sending messages via voice command
  • The ability to make online purchases, view streaming movies, and download music
  • Remote vehicle computer updating; wirelessly download software updates for any electronic module.
  • Wireless audio and video file transfer from home computer to car
At CES, we stumbled across a demonstration unit by Harman International using the MyGig system the company builds for Chrysler. A Harman spokesperson wouldn't tell us what the demonstration was about, but gave us a clue that it had to do with a wireless connection into the car and lossless audio. It seems likely that Harman is behind Chrysler's Detroit announcement.