BY THE end of the year, traffic jams may never be the same again for tech-savvy motorists and their passengers.
Driving a car packed with technology to take advantage of high-speed third generation mobile phone networks - or 3G - they can have access to movies, music videos, video conferencing and e-mail on the go.
They can even play an interactive soccer game - all with the use of a 3G phone, which can send and receive data at high speeds.
On Tuesday, SingTel offered a glimpse of commercial 3G services which may be rolled out at the end of the year.
The 3G technology refers to developments in wireless technology, especially mobile communications.
Once the infrastructure is in place, users will need 3G phones, able to send and receive data at high speeds.
Though only limited services will be available to begin with - a few select applications, such as gaming, Internet access and video streaming, and coverage only within the Central Business District - consumers may soon find themselves spoilt for choice.
Tuesday's demonstration used a Mercedes-Benz S400 outfitted by Daimler-Chrysler, NEC, Siemens and SingTel, to show what could be in the offing.
The car was equipped with a 10-inch touch panel on the dashboard, giving the driver access to navigational aids and entertainment.
Passengers get better treats - movies, live television, and international radio, all presented on two 15-inch flat screens fitted at the rear.
Internet services like e-mail, instant messaging and video conferencing are also available, powered by transfer rates of up to 2 mbps of data, compared to GSM systems, which can deliver 9.6 kbps, tops. 3G is even faster than most broadband connections.
The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore's deadline for a nationwide rollout of 3G networks is the end of next year. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network
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