Rutgers University's Wireless Information Network Laboratory, in a partnership with NEC Laboratories, have created a new system to help make browsing the web while on the road faster. The new development, named R2D2, was presented at the 2009 Mobile Systems, Applications and Services Conference (MobiSys) in June.
Current Wi-Fi systems in vehicles use one of two methods known as directionality and diversity to connect to data stations. Directionality tries to focus its on a single direction to increase quality, but does not guarantee a signal from that direction. Diversity has a lower signal quality, but has a broader range to focus on. WINLAB and NEC have developed a balance of these methods to reach higher speeds.
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