Editor’s Blog on Audi bringing 4G mobile speeds to the car
AT the very same moment that Ofcom, the telecoms regulator, is considering an auction of the 4G spectrum for next generation of mobile connectivity in the UK, car maker Audi has been showcasing what it says is pioneering long-term evolution (LTE) broadband technology.
It’s been developed for a special Audi A8 long wheelbase model, in partnership with communications pioneer Alcatel-Lucent, to demonstrate the potential of fourth generation (4G) technology in a car.
Audi’s Michael Dick, board member for technical development says: “We’re getting automotive LTE technology ready for series production.”
LTE offers data transfer speeds of up to 100Mbps, which is faster than most fixed-line broadband connections. 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.
“We will use LTE technology to extend our advantage in automotive networking and further consolidate the Audi connect strategy,” Michael Dick continued during the presentation of the A8 L prototype.
LTE really does bring the concept of the mobile office on the move closer to reality. Already the new Audi A6 has a wifi hotspot within the car. Called, with little notion to brevity, Mobile Telephone Preparation High with Online Services – a