Excerpts from Cnet.com’s review:
After starting the vehicle, we were able to quickly connect our laptop (as well as an iPod Touch) to the Autonet access point in exactly the same way that we would for a stationary access point.
After confirming that we were in fact connected to the Internet, we attempted a few unofficial speed tests. We logged onto YouTube …. from the time we clicked the link to the time the video began to play, nearly 3 minutes had elapsed. Even then, the video stuttered with constant buffering. By the time the one-minute video had completed, nearly 5 minutes had passed.
For comparison, the same video loaded in about 25 seconds on an iPhone 3G using the 3G wireless connection.
Taking a moment to look around, we found that this Cadillac vehicle was equipped with an iPod Touch in a cradle that featured a Cadillac app, which is not a part of the standard Autonet package. The app utilizes the Wi-Fi connection to deliver weather and traffic updates, as well as serving up a few local Internet radio stations via the CTS’ auxiliary input. Audio quality was noticeably compressed, but not bad.
Because the system is completely hidden, there’s no way of knowing how strong your cellular signal is, so you won’t know if you’re in a dead spot until you lose your signal. This is a minor inconvenience, which we are inclined to forgive.
The Autonet in-car access point retails for $499 (plus installation) with a $29-per-month subscription to keep the bits and bytes flowing.