BMW brings hot spots to cars

2012-12-27 08:06

MUNICH, Germany - BMW has ushered in the next generation of mobile internet for car owners - the BMW Car Hotspot.

It needs a 4G LTE (long-term evolution)-capable SIM card to slot into the hot spot in the usual way. The adapter plugs in to a router in the car which takes power from a standard cigarette lighter.


BMW was one of the first automakers to offer in-car internet access, and that was way back in 2001.

Passengers can enjoy high-speed net access using up to eight devices. The hot spot comes with a built-in battery pack and an antennae, allowing the unit to operate for an hour outside the vehicle.

LTE is one of the fourth-generation mobile standards. It enables the smoother streaming of music and videos from the internet to mobile devices. In areas without 4G the BMW system will switch to a normal cellphone network.


  • anton.grobbelaar.98 - 2012-12-28 11:55

    I hope this excludes the driver!!!!

  • kevin.grinaker - 2012-12-29 14:32

    The horse has already bolted, BMW. Now you are playing second fiddle again.

  • dane.bezuidenhout - 2012-12-30 15:47

    Correction of title should be: "BMW brings hot spots to ITS cars, (finally)".

  • phoenix.px.5 - 2012-12-31 14:24

    LOL and one would care exactly why??? Nearly all devices these days have connectivity already; and those that do not can just tether to most smartphones who, surprise! are capable of creating hotspots. This is retarded.

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