DETROIT (AP) -- People who buy Chrysler LLC vehicles next year will have the option of turning their cars and trucks into wireless Internet hotspots.
The company on Thursday is to announce that the feature will be available as part of its "uconnect" system that will debut in most 2009 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep models.
The wireless Internet will come as a dealer-installed option and will work over cellular telephone links. It will come with a monthly fee which has not yet been determined, spokesman Todd Goyer said.
Goyer said people will be able to use laptop computers in their cars and trucks just as if they were in an office or home.
To access the Internet, vehicles will need to have "uconnect" hardware, which Chrysler will unveil to compete with Ford's "Sync" and other in-car electronic systems.
The uconnect system will link cellular telephones and personal music players to the car's onboard electronics, with the ability to control an Apple iPod with radio and steering wheel controls. The system also has navigation and real-time traffic features, controlled by voice recognition or a touch screen.
It also includes the company's in-car 30-gigabyte hard drive, with options for three-channel satellite television service and satellite radio.
Goyer said the wireless system will work while vehicles are moving so they can be used by passengers. He said the Auburn Hills-based automaker expects that drivers will obey all safety laws.
Pricing for the system will be announced Thursday.