The 2015 Audi A3 compact sedan will feature 4G LTE high-speed data connectivity when it becomes available in the United States next spring. This will allow drivers to gain access to over 7,000 Internet radio stations and picture-based navigation. Also accessible are Google Earth real-time flight departure and landing information.
According to Audi, the A3’s 4G LTE connection – touted as seven times faster than 3G connectivity -- could be used by up to eight mobile devices. Audi introduced plans for the 4G-laden A3 at the Connected Car Expo ahead of press previews for the Los Angeles Auto Show. Audi has already equipped most of its cars and light trucks with 3G connectivity.
Anupam Malhotra, manager of connected vehicles at Audi of America, remarked that an upgrading to 4G service and embedding it in the vehicle instead of depending on a driver's smartphone to access the Internet are needed steps toward a future wherein connected cars could communicate with one another and infrastructure.
Malhotra said the 4G LTE technology “literally creates a platform” that allows Audi to build the connectivity needed in the future, adding that customers expect it. Audi is one of the first carmakers to integrate high-speed Internet connections into their vehicles. US carmaker General Motors is planning to have most 2015 models powered by 4G by mid-2014.