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US car manufacturer Chrysler has announced plans to introduce wi-fi technology in its British cars by the end of 2009.

Vehicles would be able to connect to the internet via mobile broadband, in-built into a device in the boot of the car.

According to the Times, a wireless signal with a radius of 100 feet is produced, allowing drivers to check email and surf the web in and around their car.

Sterling Pratz, chief executive of Autonet Mobile - the firm which will provide the technology for Chrysler - told the newspaper: "We want this to be the ultimate in-car entertainment system so people can play games, watch a film, download music or just write an e-mail while travelling.

"It's logical. But this is marketed at the passenger, we don't promote surfing and driving at all."

Despite the fact Chrysler insists the service is only intended to be used by passengers and when parked, road safety lobbies in the US - where the option will become available in 2009 - have expressed concerns.

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