The Washington Post reports that Chrysler will be the first company to provide in-car Internet access toward the end of 2008.
Interesting comment from menno at The Truth About Cars:
"Great, now we will have drivers (and I used the term in the loosest possible way)
-drinking coffee (starbucks or mcdonalds, makes no difference)
-talking on their cell phones
-yelling at the kids in the back seat
-and now on the frickin’ web."
With BMW (ConnectedDrive) as well as various Personal Navigation Device (PND) vendors (such as Dash Navigation) coming out with web-connected services, this trend is unstoppable. It is now in the hands of drivers as well as vendors of these devices/services to use/provide these services in a safe manner. Is audio the only way to be completely safe and can a display-based system ever be fully safe? Ford's Sync product has taken an audio-centric approach (http://www.syncmyride.com/).