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Greg Stirling
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Chevy Trucks Load Up on Internet Connectivity
Greg Stirling   10/19/2011 12:49:59 PM
This sounds like a good idea for contractors who can make use of the multiple connections.  I have been using wireless internet service for years and enjoy being able to work on the road and while traveling out of town.

TJ McDermott
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Re: Chevy Trucks Load Up on Internet Connectivity
TJ McDermott   10/19/2011 11:27:58 PM
I'd rather use devices that free me from the vehicle, and components that I can upgrade at will.

What would make more sense is to provide 5V USB ports throughout the vehicle (front seats, back seats, trunk), as well as some reasonably powered 120V outlets for those computer devices that need more than USB power.

Don't tie me down with what you THINK I need, Detroit.  Put outlets in the vehicle that use the cords I already have, and let me decide what I want to plug into them.

Tool_maker
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Re: Chevy Trucks Load Up on Internet Connectivity
Tool_maker   10/20/2011 1:01:20 PM
I hate to rain on any parade, but does it not make sense to have an interlock device that would disable any driver's seat connection when the vehicle is in Drive or in gear on a stick shift? All we need on today's highways are more distracted drivers.

Charles Murray
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Re: Chevy Trucks Load Up on Internet Connectivity
Charles Murray   11/30/2011 11:47:10 PM
NO RATINGS
Please do rain on this parade. I agree with you, Tool_maker. An interlock device would absolutely make sense.  

OLD_CURMUDGEON
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CHEVY: 1984!
OLD_CURMUDGEON   10/20/2011 10:39:26 AM
From the text above: "A separate application called "Geo Fence" allows owners to define virtual geographical areas to ensure that vehicles follow approved routes. If a designated boundary is crossed, a notification with time, date, and location stamps is made available over the Internet."

GEE! folks..... just what we all need is MORE Big Brother!  Where the heck is GEORGE ORWELL now that we really need him????????  God forbid a delivery truck makes a wrong turn OR his cab-equipped GPS device sends him down a one-way street.  Then what?  "Hey, Lucy, 'you gots lots of esplanin' to do!'"

Jack Rupert, PE
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Re: CHEVY: 1984!
Jack Rupert, PE   10/21/2011 4:23:20 PM
You have a point, Old_Curmudgeon.  However, is that really any different from the fact that everything you might do on your work computer is already being monitored, even checking your stocks from a hotel room with a company laptop?  I would guess that the same answer would apply.  The way I look at it is that I really don't care if my company knows what I'm doing or where I'm driving when I'm using their equipment while doing their work.  On the other hand, although it is not the topic here, I'm not really a fan of MY car reporting my driving habits to anyone but me - under any circumstances.

Greg Stirling
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Chevy Trucks Load Up on Internet Connectivity
Greg Stirling   10/20/2011 12:39:23 PM
I agree TJ, USB ports and AC outlets would be great.  I have been carrying around an inverter in my vehicles for years to run laptops and even a small guitar amp.   (so I could practice while sitting in traffic) 



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