As expected, auto manufacturers have started making announcements at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show with regards to partners with wireless companies to add 4G LTE mobile broadband service to their cars. Several days ago, Chevrolet and OnStar announce in-car 4G LTE connectivity. This time as announced at the CES 2014 and with the introduction of the 2015 A3 family, Audi drivers in the United States will soon have 4G LTE in their cars, as part of a partnership with AT&T.
“With the introduction of the new A3 family Audi is putting the most advanced technology into the compact luxury segment. Offering drivers a 4G LTE connection will provide the fastest in-vehicle connection available and significantly enhance the infotainment experience,” said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America.
The new A3 family will feature the most advanced version of Audi connect including picture navigation, read-aloud news headlines, Facebook and Twitter alerts; access to more than 7,000 Web radio stations; personalized RSS news feeds, and more.
Audi plans to upgrade its cars with LTE data radio, and gives the passengers a large touch-screen display for operation. About the tablet-like screen with a diagonal of 10 inches (25.4 cm), the infotainment system and other vehicle functionality to be controlled, explained Audi’s electronics boss Ricky Hudi on Tuesday at the CES show in Las Vegas.
The new Audi connect 4G LTE service will allow faster Google Earth™ and Google Street View enhancements to Audi MMI navigation plus. The 4G LTE connectivity will also provide faster downloads and high-definition video streaming for up to eight devices used by passengers over the in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot.
Source: Audi USA News
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