Audi A8 L Prototype receives LTE broadband connection

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 22, 2011

Audi has unveiled a technologically-advanced edition of the long wheelbase A8 luxury saloon, which was engineered with broadband Internet, using long-term evolution (LTE) technology. It’s amazing that similar to a fixed-line broadband connection, this system offers data transfer speeds of up to 100Mbps.

With this transfer speed, it means that the prototype is able to use its TE broadband connection to stream music, high-definition videos and other data on as many as six computer or mobile phone devices. Currently, the 3G connections only offer transfer speeds of about 14.4Mbps.

Audi developed this prototype with the help of communications specialists at Alcatel-Lucent. The fourth generation or 4G technology appears to be on the brink of replacing the Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) and the Universal Mobile Telecommunications Standard (UMTS) systems that underpin the current 3G.

During the presentation of the A8 L prototype, Michael Dick, Audi Board Member for Technical Development, said that it will use LTE technology to increase its advantage in automotive networking and to consolidate the Audi connect strategy further.

According to Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, the LTE technology would be used in cars by early 2011. As the test version is already here, Audi seems to be on track to achieve its goal.

Audi has now introduced the all new A8; their luxurious flagship sedan blazing a trail as the most sportily designed car in the upper segment. The sophisticated silhouette and lines of its aluminium Audi Space Frame (ASF) body, the engine that generates great power while maintaining remarkable fuel-efficiency, and the power transmission system and running gear seamlessly work to provide smooth and brisk responsiveness and handling ease.

The A8’s posh and elegant interior regales all observers with its masterful quality featuring top-class equipment and a control system MMI with the latest innovations. The latest advancements in its assistance systems make the driving experience even more rewarding.

Audi is well-known for its smart and sophisticated design philosophy. The newest Audi A8 has a surface that seems to have flowed into its shape from a pure volume of material. The coupe-inspired roof line gives it a smooth and graceful shape while the mellifluent surface with keen delineations exudes serenity and esteem with dynamism. The new sedan highlights Audi’s industry topping status when it comes to vehicle design. With the incorporation of leading new technologies into its systems, the A8 rightfully brings attention to Audi as one of the most modern and forward firms in automotive design.

The Audi A8 has sizable dimensions, measuring 5137 mm (16.85 feet) long, 1949 mm (6.39 feet) wide, 1460 mm (4.79 feet) high and a 2992 mm (9.82 feet) wheelbase. This makes it noticeably longer and wider than the previous A8 as well as competing manufacturer’s models. Conversely, it has a lower height than comparable German cars in its class because it adheres to Audi’s dynamic design philosophy.

The A8’s front features a single frame grille which boldly signifies its presence. This chrome framed grille gives it a detailed, substantial and all-new look. The top corner angles seamlessly merge the grille to the frontal silhouette and its pronounced horizontal chrome braces accentuate the sedan’s width.

In the dark, the A8’s xenon plus headlights help improve visibility. It incorporates full LED technology, a system Audi debuted worldwide when they introduced the R8 high-performance supercar. The xenon plus units work in sync with an adaptive light system that directs pivoting modules to ensure ideal lighting for different situations such as city roads with traffic, freeways and country roads.

The headlight system also features an innovative all-weather light that takes the place of fog lights, which used to be positioned in the air intakes. Instead, the air intakes are now where radar sensors are located. These sensors are part of the adaptive cruise control system, an option that can have a stop-and-go function.

Another of Audi’s new technologies being applied in the A8 is their ground breaking system that manages control of the headlight units to work with the MMI navigation plus system, a new optional add-on. The navigation system maps out and plans the route and provides the data for the light control system. Thus, it can automatically switch to longer-range visibility highway lighting even while the sedan is on the highway entry ramp. Alternatively, when approaching an intersection, the cornering lights will automatically turn on to widen the angle of illumination and improve safety.

Press Release

Audi A8 with broadband Internet connection

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.

Topics: audi, audi a8, technology

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