Avis bridges the GSM/WiFi gap

The latest gizmo in the US car market is the GSM/WiFi bridge, which effectively creates a private local area network inside the vehicle, with the data flowing across 2.75G cellular channels.

Avis is the first car rental firm to implement the technology in its cars, and others are reportedly following suit.

I should point out that US cellular providers can offer mobile data at speeds of around 150 to 200,000 Kilobits per second on a widespread basis.

Anyway, enough of the technology. Apparently there is some discussion about whether Avis should offer liability insurance in case someone hacks into the car-based WiFi network and stages a spam or denial of service attack.

Only in America. Only in America...