The German luxury brand has announced that it will, like Chevrolet, be teaming with AT&T to offer 4G LTE connectivity in its vehicles. The first model to benefit will be the 2015 Audi A3.
"With the introduction of the new A3 family Audi is putting the most advanced technology into the compact luxury segment," said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America in a press release. "Offering drivers a 4G LTE connection will provide the fastest in-vehicle connection available and significantly enhance the infotainment experience."
The high-speed data plan should allow faster streaming over the car's built-in wifi connection, as well as offering faster internet access for Audi's MMI infotainment system when accessing web-based radio, news and social media.
For A3 buyers, running the car's data plan should also be easier, as Audi will be the first brand to offer a Mobile Share data plan that will allow any AT&T customers to link their vehicle to a current data plan. Following the A3, the rest of the Audi range is slated to get 4G LTE as vehicles are refreshed.
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• First-ever 4G LTE service launches with new Audi connect® system in all-new A3 sedan
• High-speed connectivity also supports picture navigation, social media and mobile app integration with access to more than 7,000 Web radio stations
• Audi and AT&T will offer Audi connect a Mobile Share data plan option
Audi of America today unveiled a new partnership with AT&T offering U.S. Audi drivers the expected first-ever in-vehicle 4G LTE data connection with the introduction of the 2015 A3 family. The announcement was made today at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show.
"With the introduction of the new A3 family Audi is putting the most advanced technology into the compact luxury segment," said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. "Offering drivers a 4G LTE connection will provide the fastest in-vehicle connection available and significantly enhance the infotainment experience."
"AT&T has the nation's fastest and most reliable LTE network* and this new relationship with Audi allows us to drastically improve the in-car experience," said Glenn Lurie, President, AT&T Emerging Enterprises and Partnerships Organization. "It's exciting to think about the Audi A3 family of cars throughout the U.S. running 4G LTE-powered wireless hotspots and more through Audi connect."
Audi will add convenience by becoming the first automaker to offer a Mobile Share data plan option to AT&T wireless customers who would like to add their vehicle to their existing smartphone or tablet data plan.
AT&T has been an industry leader in telematics and related applications development, offering a range of connectivity and services for cars manufactured by a variety of global automotive makers. For more than a decade, AT&T has provided world-class connected and M2M device support and professional services to many of the world's largest device manufacturers and global exporters of wireless-enabled equipment. AT&T was also the first to enter the market with a proprietary, single global SIM platform enabling automotive, consumer and M2M equipment makers the ability to work through a single carrier to wirelessly enable and connect products.
Audi plans to roll out 4G LTE capability across its entire lineup as new or refreshed models come to the market. AT&T has the fastest and now most reliable 4G LTE network.* And AT&T was named America's fastest 4G LTE network in PC Magazine's 2013 Fastest Mobile Networks 30-market study – and also swept the top rankings in all six U.S. regions from coast to coast: Northeast, Southeast, North-Central, South-Central, Northwest and Southwest.
The new A3 family will feature the most advanced version of Audi connect including picture navigation, read-aloud news headlines, Facebook and Twitter alerts; access to more than 7,000 Web radio stations; personalized RSS news feeds, and more.
The new Audi connect 4G LTE service will allow faster Google Earth™ and Google Street View enhancements to Audi MMI navigation plus. The 4G LTE connectivity will also provide faster downloads and high-definition video streaming for up to eight devices used by passengers over the in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot.
An accompanying mobile app will allow advanced functionality between the MMI system and smartphones, reducing the need for Audi motorists to handle their devices when accessing some smartphone-based features.
For more information, please visit www.audiusa.com/audiconnect.
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*AT&T 4G LTE speed claim based on national carriers' average 4G LTE download speeds. Reliability claim based on data transfer completion rates on nationwide 4G LTE networks. 4G LTE availability varies.
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