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Comcast May Put Wi-Fi Transceivers On Cars, Buses, Humans 85 85

An anonymous reader writes "Comcast engineers want to put WiFi transceivers in rental cars, taxis, buses and even on humans to extend reach of its Xfinity WiFi network. They also detail an idea for offering incentives to drivers to move WiFi-enabled cars to areas where it needs WiFi coverage. The plan was detailed in a patent application published today by the USPTO (I wrote a story about it for FierceCable)." Speaking of extension, this sounds like a logical outgrowth of using wireless routers to grow the network. (I hope they choose their humans carefully, if this plan bears fruit.)
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Comcast May Put Wi-Fi Transceivers On Cars, Buses, Humans

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  • rule #1 (Score:5, Interesting)

    by slashmydots (2189826) on Thursday July 18, 2013 @04:28PM (#44321445)
    Rule #1 of wireless networking. Don't attach your access point to something that moves or it really throws off your coverage mapping and disconnects people. How about their improve their crappy infrastructure so they can offer better bandwidth instead of wasting their money on yet another "netowork the homeless" caliber idea.
  • by schwit1 (797399) on Thursday July 18, 2013 @04:38PM (#44321551)

    The insurance industry wants real time data from your vehicle on how, where and when you drive. The first step was the plug in device that give them some delayed data. The real goal is a constant wifi connection so your rates can be adjusted upwards for the slightest reason. They will compare your data with the weather, time of day, congestion, were you on the cell phone, etc.

    You didn't come to a complete stop at all those intersections.
    That light was yellow.
    You were too close to the car in front of you
    You were going over the speed limit or too fast for the conditions.

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