Car buyers willing to pay extra for Wi-Fi

MW-DW598_aw_car_20151017143604_ZHAT&T and Ericsson, a communication technology and services company, have conducted their second annual global connected-car study. The data was gathered from customers likely to buy a car in the next three years in the U.S., Germany, Brazil, Mexico and China.

According to the study, “connectivity in cars” includes wireless Internet allowing certain apps — such as streaming music, navigation services with real-time traffic updates and restaurant services — to run from your dashboard.

In the study, Wi-Fi hot spot availability ranked as the No. 1 feature U.S. customers are willing to purchase for their car; also, U.S. consumers would prefer to add their wireless car-connectivity services to a shared data plan.

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