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Citroen demonstrates in-car Wi-Fi

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June 4, 2004

Citroen has demonstrated how the latest communications technology standard, Wi-Fi or Wireless Fidelity, can be fitted to its cars to provide low cost internet access while in transit.

Until now Internet access in cars has been via a GSM mobile phone. In the Citroen camp for example, the Xsara offers full voice activated internet and e-mail access, but with its associated high call costs and slow down load times, Citroen admit that the GSM-based system is really only suitable for business users.

The company sees Wi-Fi is the solution cost and speed issues as demonstrated at the Cannes Film Festival where a Wi-Fi equipped Citroen C3 Pluriel went on show. Wi-Fi technology in the Pluriel enables sufficient download speed for full broadband access to the internet and at a lower cost.

The next step is a Citroen C3 Pluriel equipped with both Wi-Fi and a 3G mobile phone. This would enable the car to become a Wi-Fi hot spot, allowing the use of a Internet-based equipment - note books, PDAs etc. - without having to plug the equipment into the car or a phone line.

Previous Citroen multimedia projects include experimental cars based on the Citroen XM, Evasion and C8, plus production versions with the Xsara and C5 Windows CE sold in Europe.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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