San Francisco - Autonet Mobile, maker of a Wi-Fi hot spot for the car, has created an OEM developer kit to allow its hot spot to be embedded in new cars.
The kit will allow "reliable Internet connectivity" in the dashboard, said the company, whose hot spot is already available for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Volkswagen Routan or Cadillac CTS vehicles as a dealer option.
Autonet CEO Sterling Pratz noted, "We are creating the connected car."
The hot spot developer kit uses an Intel Atom processor and Linux-based software.
"We have received a lot of requests from the auto manufacturers to provide an open-connectivity platform to support their in-dash connectivity needs for future models," said Pratz.
The Autonet hot spot creates an EV-DO cellular connection that is then converted to Wi-Fi so that many passengers in the car can access Internet service for their laptops, gaming machines and other devices.
Autonet claimed its product manages the EV-DO connection down to the packet layer, so the system holds on to packets and redistributes them to prevent dropped calls. Car passengers can then check Facebook and email, watch YouTube, listen to Internet radio, etc.
The hot spot is also sold through such retailers as Amazon.com, Crutchfield and Advance Auto Parts.