At the International Suppliers Fair in Wolfsburg, Germany, Volkswagen is showing a Tiguan that connects to a wireless network while the car is in motion. Developed by the research cooperative Wireless Wolfsburg, the WLAN network will give the driver information from the web without leaving the steering wheel.
Called auto@web, the information provided by the system includes the city's events calendar and various methods for searching for information about the city. Subjects like city life, travel, and wellness will be at the driver's fingertips as he drives.
The system also works both ways. The driver can check the status of his car from a computer or iPod. Things like the fuel level and whether the doors are locked can be checked from anywhere. A walking map can be created to get you back to your car's location can even be downloaded to a mobile device like an iPod.
It doesn't sound like this system will be able to get your laptop online within the confines of a new Routan like Chrysler's uconnect web. The uconnect system turns your vehicle into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, but that won't really help you down load directions to your parked car when you're in a strange city and all turned around.