Comics steer transat­lantic vir­tual gig

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CO­ME­DI­ANS Jay Leno and Jimmy Carr have per­formed to­gether us­ing a vir­tual link while sit­ting in cars on op­po­site sides of the world.

Leno in the US and Carr in the UK — 10,000km apart — each sat in the front seat of a Ford Fo­cus with a wi-fi SYNC sys­tem, and used the link to Skype each other on tablets.

‘‘It’s great to do some­thing that is cut­ting edge, to chat about cars, gad­gets and have a laugh,’’ said Carr about shar­ing the in­ter­net stage with the stand-up and talk show star.

‘‘The one place we spend more time than any­where ex­cept our house or of­fice is the car,’’ Leno said. ‘‘It’s not a sur­prise peo­ple want the same gad­getry on the road.’’

The Ford wi-fi sys­tem uses an ex­ter­nal USB broad­band mo­dem, plugged into the ve­hi­cle’s me­dia sys­tem, ef­fec­tively turn­ing it into a rolling Wi-Fi hot spot. By broad­cast­ing a se­cure wire­less con­nec­tion through­out the ve­hi­cle, the sys­tem al­lows up to five pas­sen­gers with Wi-Fien­abled mo­bile de­vices to ac­cess the sig­nal. It is not yet avail­able in Aus­tralia.

The one place we spend more time than any­where ex­cept our house or of­fice is the car

US co­me­dian Jay Leno in an early Ford model

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