Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Google Connexion?

Following rumours that they wanted out of the market the news that no buyers have emerged, and that Boeing is therefore going to close down its in-flight broadband service, is probably not going to surprise many people. However the news immediately sparked speculation that perhaps Google should buy Boeing Connexion, as a perfect fit to its Google WiFi service in Mountain View, and to get a foot in the door in the in-flight tracking business.


In-bound tracks to LAX in real-time...

Compared to the capabilities of Google Earth, the current generation of seat back in-flight tracking is pretty poor. Even forgetting the eye candy the availability of tracking data from providers like FBO should allow a much more dynamic view of the world with you able to see the position of your own flight in relation to everyone else's...

It actually looks like this might be a good idea for Google. It would put Google WiFi and Google Earth directly in-front of a fairly high powered audience, and a captive one at that, it might even be worth it for "brand awareness" purposes alone. So, an idea that might just fly, so to speak...