New York City: Livery cars to get free Wi-Fi

By Gary Johnson - Aug 6, 2010

We reported to you recently about the plan to have Wi-Fi on the New York City Subway and that work will finally be starting soon. Now a plan to equip livery cars with wireless-internet transmitters has been announced.

Andrew Grossman of The Wall Street Journal is reporting in an article that – Alex Mashinsky –, who is part of the group responsible for the Wi-Fi service on the subway stations, plans to have 1,000 cars fitted with the service by early fall.

The free service will initially be available in 250 LimoRes.com vehicles and users will also benefit from free 110v outlets and ten power connectors which include iPhone, USB and most popular cell phone models. Alex Mashinsky said “Our plan is to basically blanket the city with tens of thousands of vehicles”.

The service has been tested in 25 cars, and one a Mercedes S-Class projected a signal onto the sidewalk and down the block when parked up in Midtown Manhattan last Tuesday. Cars belonging to two other companies Velocity Limo Inc and UTOG Corporate Car Service Inc will also be offering the service that is provided by GroundLink Inc.

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