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.