Audi of America and AT&T will offer the first-ever in-vehicle 4G LTE data connection with the introduction of the 2015 A3 Sedans. 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,” commented 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.”, he added.
“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.”, he added.
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.
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 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.