The recently-launched Audi A3 Sportback was first-to-market with Long Term Evolution (LTE), or 4G, and LTE integration for connectivity on the move is an idea swirling all through the automotive world. Automakers see the faster speeds and faster responses of LTE compared to 3G as making it possible to one day have streaming video, cloud gaming, more intensive apps and even a virtual office with videoconferencing in your car. It will also enable more progress in machine-to-machine (M2M) adoption, giving cars a real-time ability to speak to one another and to infrastructure.

A video by Audi Deutschland looks at what might be possible not only for the average driver in an LTE-equipped car, but how a professional chauffeur might make the most of a car that can help him get his VIP passengers from carport to red carpet safely and on time. You can watch it below.



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      The Wasp
      • 11 Months Ago
      I think there's some confusion here on the difference between LTE connectivity and autonomous cars. These technologies are very distinct and not mutually dependent. In any case, if cars were able to drive themselves, chauffeurs are going to be hurting. Most people would feel pretty silly paying a chauffeur to open the door when the car is doing all of the driving.
      Fred Talmadge
      • 11 Months Ago
      Except I have to buy another dataplan for my car. Guess if I could afford an A7 then it wouldn't be a problem. :(
      Joe Rehall
      • 11 Months Ago
      This makes no sense, I have been sharing my smartphones data with everything in my car for years... not trying to be. That Guy, but just about all of us have tethering capabilities, no need to have native data in our vehicles, our phones are the only constant in our lives and are always with us, why get Internet plans at home and in your car when you can just switch mobile hot spot on and call it a day?
      elastic_modulus
      • 11 Months Ago
      That video makes me want to avoid Audi as a brand.
        The Wasp
        • 11 Months Ago
        @elastic_modulus
        If I were a rich person and my chauffeur had an Audi, guess which brand I would not be riding in... This would have been a great opportunity to show the chauffeur in an Audi and the passenger in a Bentley...but I guess VAG isn't comfortable cross-marketing those vehicles.
      Julio B
      • 11 Months Ago
      If most people drove like the idiot in the ad (and I know they do) we will be better off with the automated car...
      b.rn
      • 11 Months Ago
      Give me a better data interface to my phone. When I want 5G, I'd rather buy a new phone than a new car.
      Dvanos
      • 11 Months Ago
      The begininng of the end, pretty soon life will be like in the Demolition Man movie.
      BimmerFile
      • 11 Months Ago
      Hasn't BMW been offering LTE in Europe since 2012? I seem to recall being at the launch with your former editor...
      audisp0rta4
      • 11 Months Ago
      Pass.