Audi shows us the A8 with new LTE mobile communications technology

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 16, 2011

Audi has taken the veil off the long-wheelbase Audi A8 L prototype featuring long-term evolution (LTE) technology. This technology provides data transfer speeds of up to 100Mbps – around as fast as fixed-line broadband connections – allowing occupants of the luxury saloon to connect with ease to the Internet for music and HD video streaming as well as other data upload and download processes.

This LTE technology on the Audi A8 L could support up to six computer or mobile phone devices. Take note that present 3G connections can offer data transfer speeds of only around 14.4Mbps. The mobile broadband connection used in the Audi A8 L -- developed in cooperation with Alcatel-Lucent -- is a fourth generation (4G) technology that is widely expected to supplant the Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) and the Universal Mobile Telecommunications Standard (UMTS) systems that support 3G.

In fact, LTE’s data transfer is much faster than conventional 3G-technology as well as modern digital subscriber line (DSL) connections. Moreover, LTE could accommodate more users streaming even at peak hours, mainly because of its extra bandwidth.

Michael Dick, Audi Board Member for Technical Development, remarked that the German premium carmaker will employ LTE technology to increase its advantage in auto networking and to consolidate the Audi connect strategy.

Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, disclosed that LTE technology would be installed in its vehicles by early 2011. Just eight weeks into 2011, Audi and Alcatel-Lucent have unveiled a fully functioning prototype.

Audi technicians have already tested the capabilities of LTE technology by streaming HD videos live to the A8 L prototype. Drivers and passengers would surely appreciate the dynamic and reliable Internet access offered by the LTE technology, especially when there is a need to download or upload large amounts of data.

Press Release

AUDI A8 L PROTOTYPE GETS STATE-OF-THE-ART BROADBAND CONNECTION

Audi has unveiled an even more technologically-advanced edition of the long wheelbase A8 luxury saloon, which has been engineered to feature broadband internet with long-term evolution (LTE) technology. LTE technology offers data transfer speeds of up to 100Mbps, which is similar to a fixed-line broadband connection. This means passengers in the prototype can use the LTE broadband connection to stream music, high-definition videos and other data on up to six computer or mobile phone devices with ease. Current 3G connections can only offer data transfer speeds of around 14.4Mbps.

Developed in collaboration with communications pioneer Alcatel-Lucent, the car’s mobile broadband connection is a fourth generation (‘4G’) technology that is hotly-tipped to replace the Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) and the Universal Mobile Telecommunications Standard (UMTS) systems that underpin 3G. LTE allows data to be transferred faster than conventional 3G-technology and modern digital subscriber line (DSL) connections – wired landline broadband. LTE can also cope with large numbers of users streaming data, even at peak times, because of its extra bandwidth.

“We will use LTE technology to extend our advantage in automotive networking and further consolidate the Audi connect strategy,” explained Michael Dick, Audi Board Member for Technical Development, during the presentation of the A8 L prototype.

Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, announced that LTE technology would be used in cars by early 2011 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last year. Just eight weeks into the year, Audi and Alcatel-Lucent have revealed a fully-functioning prototype.

With its quick connection speeds, LTE technology offers more dynamic and reliable internet access, particularly when large amounts of data need to be uploaded or downloaded. Audi technicians have tested the capabilities of LTE by streaming high-definition videos – which have notoriously large data streams – live to the prototype.

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