Audi Brings In-Car 5G Connectivity
Audi has announced it will be bringing 5G Ultra Wideband technology to its lineup of vehicles, starting with its 2024 range.
This connectivity will allow for “highly-personalised augmented mobile services, new driver-assistance features, and connectivity-enabled innovations for the automated future of driving,” according to the automaker.
Vehicles will be able to upgrade firmware and software over the air to stay up to date, infotainment and navigation systems “can be enhanced with HD/3D mapping and video and cloud-based user profiles”, and you’ll never drive through a Wi-Fi dead zone again.
“Audi was the first automaker to bring in-vehicle Wi-Fi to customers as well as 4G LTE connectivity in the 2015 A3, and we will be among the first to bring the next generation of connectivity to our customers in the U.S.,” said Filip Brabec, senior VP, Product Planning, Audi of America.
The company has partnered with Verizon for the venture, at least in the US.
“Audi drivers will be among the first in the world to experience a new generation of automobiles, one in which their car is both a 5G mobile device and a vehicle,” said Tami Erwin, CEO of Verizon Business.
“We’re proud to bring our transformative 5G networking expertise in the world to a visionary partner like Audi, whose premium automotive engineering deserves second-to-none 5G technology to match.”
2024 is a while away yet, so there’s no word whether this in-car 5G will be old hat by then.