Cars with Wi-Fi hot on lots

Drivers seek connection with music, phones, not highway

Posted: January 13, 2014 at 3:03 a.m.

Worker Aaron Perry sorts the artwork for the General Motors Co. stand ahead of the 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. The show, which featured 71 vehicle debuts and attracted 795, 416 visitors in 2013, begins with a media preview on Jan. 13 and opens to the public on Jan. 18. Photographer: Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Aaron Perry

When the time arrived to trade in her Ford Explorer in September, Svetlana Friedman had a condition: No more basic radio. She wanted a car that could connect to her smartphone, her iPad and her digital life.

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