At last a genuine reason not to have to make inane conversation with your cab driver. Addison Lee is rolling out 4G to its 4,800-strong London fleet, following a trial which saw 150 of its cars using the 4G service.
The 4G network will offer passengers upload and download speeds of up to 12mbps which, Addison Lee helpfully informs us, means an episode of The Apprentice can be downloaded in three minutes. Alternatively if travellers are after a feature film ahead of a flight, they can be downloaded in the time it takes to travel to Heathrow from central London. Most importantly, the service will be completely free of charge to customers.
Says Liam Griffin, CEO of Addison Lee said: “Addison Lee has always been the industry leader when it comes to in-car experience. The introduction of 4G continues this tradition and there are plenty more investments we will be making to deliver more best-in-class services and experiences for our customers.
“In-car 4G will help our customers be better connected than ever before, by enabling them to work and play on the move, and perhaps free up some spare time along the way. Our passengers are our number-one priority and we know this latest offering will make a real difference to their lives.”
The service will be rolled out across both the VIP and Ford Galaxy fleet, and is due for completion in 2015.