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6. Wireless Connectivity and in-Car Inte... > 66. Videoconference from Your Car

Videoconference from Your Car

With mobile broadband Internet connections, car PCs will soon achieve James Bond–style videoconferencing.

I think it was 1998 when I first started trying to set up a webcam in my car. I have a Nash Ambassador, and in addition to putting a screen in the center console, I hooked up an X10 camera facing the driver, with the eventual goal of letting people keep tabs on me. For several years I tinkered with a number of low-speed, expensive Internet solutions, such as analog cell phones connected to 14.4 modems, while searching in vain for an affordable flat-fee service.

Fast forward several years, and wireless connectivity has matured a lot. GPRS (and more specifically, EDGE) networking has brought the bitrates into ISDN range (64–128 kbps), and pitiful but recognizable streaming video has become a viable option for in-car use.


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