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Audi A8 prototype gets broadband internet capability

 Audi A8 prototype gets broadband internet capability
Audi A8 wireless access for iPads, laptops and netbooks 21.05.2010

High-speed Internet functionality has been presented in an Audi A8 prototype

Audi has developed a fully-functioning prototype of an A8 model fitted with a new broadband Internet-access technology.

The new in-car Internet function was developed by Audi with partner Alcatel-Lucent and features LTE technology. LTE is a next-generation mobile transmission technology, a successor to the current 3G system, that also includes UMTS mobile standard. LTE features data transfer rates of up to 100 Megabits per second, compared to 14.4 Megabits/second for 3G.

"We will use LTE technology to extend our advantage in automotive networking and further consolidate the Audi connect strategy," said Michael Dick, Audi Board Member for Technical Development, at the presentation of the broadband A8 prototype.

A high-speed mobile Internet functionality can allow for high-definition video to be streamed live into a vehicle. Offering state-of-the-art in-car technology like that can give Audi a competitive advantage.

Source: Audi

Ingolstadt, 2011-02-16

Audi A8 with broadband Internet connection

Audi presents the A8 with new LTE mobile communications technology

Michael Dick, Audi Board Member for Technical Development: "We're getting automotive LTE technology ready for series production."

Audi unveils an A8 wired for broadband with LTE technology. Developed in collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent, the car's mobile broadband connection can transfer data faster than conventional 3G-technology and modern DSL connections.

During the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, announced that LTE technology would be used in cars by early 2011. Just some weeks later, Audi and its development partner, Alcatel-Lucent, present a fully functional prototype. The Audi A8 L with LTE technology contains the mobile communications technology of the future: LTE is considered the successor to the current 3G transmission technology, which also includes the UMTS mobile communications standard. LTE offers very high data transfer rates that can reach up to 100 Mbit per second. In comparison, a fast 3G connection offers about 14,4 Mbit per second.

With its short transfer rates, LTE mobile communications allow significantly faster access to Internet content and allow large amounts of data to be exchanged. For demonstration the technicians used the LTE connection for transmitting high-definition videos live to the vehicle.

" We will use LTE technology to extend our advantage in automotive networking and further consolidate the Audi connect strategy," says Michael Dick, Audi Board Member for Technical Development, during the presentation of the prototype.

 

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Comments (8)

 GTurbo GTurbo
Think I,Robot and then you realise how technology can bite the hand of its owner! Cool now, but wait...Incidentally, Audi had product placement in that movie!
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February 20, 2011 10:18 pm
 Edison Edison
Good job Audi. I have an idea your boffins haven't thought of yet. Here it goes: how about making the A8 look different than the A4 or the A6...I think we may be on to something here.
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February 18, 2011 1:53 pm
 Homerlovesbeer Homerlovesbeer
Lol surfing for Pr0n on the way to work..how very german. BMW to follow no doubt
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February 18, 2011 12:20 pm
 useurbrain4once useurbrain4once
All this talk about advanced comunication technologies and automation, this generation will live to witness the day an organization will hack into a bunch of databases and hijack people's cars. And this is not far-fetched...... there are stories of disgruntled auto salespeople using dealership databases to lock numerous people out of their cars or set off their alarms. I love these technologies but impossible to overloook their dark side.
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February 18, 2011 10:15 am
 bavar bavar
LOOK HERE! We got a prototype with LTE (and we're surely the only ones to have that in the world)! Look here, we have a prototype with moar flashy LED lights! Look here, we present an electric car for... say... 2015 (maybe). Anyway, you can't buy it. We just make some show. Yours sincerely, Audi.
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February 18, 2011 7:51 am
 scratchy996 scratchy996
yay, now i can play World of Warcraft on my way to work :)
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February 18, 2011 7:02 am
 M! M!
"Offering state-of-the-art in-car technology like that can give Audi a competitive advantage." and why would the mobile service provide limit their service to just Audi? I am sure the other manufacturers will also be on it.
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February 18, 2011 12:21 am