Audi launches 'first' 4G connected car

Is the next step in connecting cars equipping them with 4G technology?

Audi has launched the S3 Sportback, a vehicle the automaker claims is the first model which successfully uses 4G technology.

The German car maker's latest commercial vehicle includes a variation complete with fourth generation networking -- allowing drivers to connect to the web through a high-speed connection in the latest effort of manufacturers to offer interactive features in the modern car.

Audi said:

"4G/LTE considerably broadens the scope of what is possible with in-car 'infotainment.' This most advanced of mobile communication standards is currently available on a relatively small scale in the U.K, but is scheduled for a wider roll-out during 2013."

Through LTE technology, Audi has integrated a number of connected features into the S3. Drivers can navigate with Google Earth and Google Street View, stream web radio, and use social media platforms including Twitter and Facebook through text-to-speech functions. You can also access a fuel station and parking locator.

Audi is not the only car manufacturer looking to the Internet and interactive dashboards to entice consumers who demand more from their transport. Glympse works with BMW and MINI to integrate location-tracking technology into vehicles -- combining location tracking technology and social sharing, which allows a driver to update friends or colleagues on their location on the move.

To use the LTE connection, you need to insert a suitable SIM card into the glovebox together with the MMI Navigation Plus and Audi connect package. Passengers can then connect mobile devices to the WLAN hotspot integrated into the car to surf the web independently.

Via: Audi

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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