Chrysler Plans Wi-Fi on 2009 Models

The struggling automaker will have wireless Internet options available
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser User
Posted Jun 25, 2008 8:30 AM CDT
Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans roll off the assembly line at the Chrysler Assembly Plant in Windsor, Canada.    (AP Photo/Jerry S. Mendoza, file)
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(Newser) – Struggling automaker Chrysler—the weakest of Detroit’s Big Three—is looking to the information highway to gain an advantage. To the dismay of some highway safety experts, the automaker will offer wireless Internet access as an option in all of its 2009 models, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The company , the first automaker to offer mobile Internet, hopes the Wi-Fi will turn around sales, which plummeted 19.3% this year. The option isn’t drawing rave reviews from safety advocates. "Surfing the Web is something people really don't have any business doing while they drive," said one. "It's definitely a distraction."