During his keynote speech at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Rupert Stadler, CEO of Audi AG said that the company will use LTE technology in its cars by early 2011. Just some weeks later, Audi has unveiled an A8 sedan that is wired for broadband LTE technology.
The Audi A8 with LTE broadband internet connection is developed in collaboration with Alacatel-Lucent. The A8’s obile broadband connection can transfer data faster than conventional 3G-technology and modern DSL connections.
“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,” Audi said in a statement. “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.”
“ 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,”… yes, it’s only a concept so far
Refresher: Power for the 2011 Audi A8 comes from a 4.2L FSI direct-injection V8 that makes 372-hp and a maximum torque of 328 lb-ft. Mated to an 8-speed tiptronic automatic transmission, the 2011 A8 will go from 0-62 mph in 5.6 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph. Prices start at $78,050.
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– By: Omar Rana