Audi is the very first automaker to offer a new 4G LTE high-speed broadband standard within its vehicles, offering the item as a solution for the S3 Sportback at this time sold overseas and due in showrooms early next year as a 2015 model.
It’s not clear yet when the feature will be offered to customers in the United States but by November, Audi expects to offer the 4G LTE in more models including the rest of the A3 range.
A suitable SIM card with a data flat rate needs to be inserted into a slot integrated with the MMI navigation plus unit, if you want to utilize the 4G LTE in compatible Audis. This will creates a WLAN hotspot in the car, which passengers can also connect to.
At a higher level, the technology will enable vehicles to interact directly with their environment via the 4G LTE network to enhance safety, efficiency and convenience for drivers and passengers. The technology is expected to provide a strong boost to the seamless use of constantly updated data stored on a server on the Internet (data in the cloud), including vital safety information. Audi boasts it’s one of the major driving forces behind the concept of networking with other vehicles and the transport infrastructure, helping lay the groundwork for eventual Car-2-Car communications.
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