Wednesday, January 05, 2005 - Wi-Fi Access to Be Offered in Cars - Wi-Fi Access to Be Offered in Cars: "Road warriors may soon have a new weapon -- a fast Web connection in their cars via satellite.
RaySat Inc., a closely held company in Vienna, Va., says it has developed a satellite antenna that can turn a moving car into a rolling 'hot spot' -- with Internet access for any onboard laptop or pocket computer equipped with the wireless-networking technology known as Wi-Fi.
The company is not targeting a mass audience, at least at first. RaySat's antenna alone is expected to start at nearly $3,500 when it becomes available in the third quarter of this year. That's before any monthly service charges.
Nevertheless, RaySat expects to find a ready market for a satellite-based service among long-haul truckers, emergency personnel and other people who are frequently out of range of other wireless networks and are frustrated about it."
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