A new option has appeared on the A8 option list. It's a wireless Internet connection provided by a WLAN hot-spot installed in the car, which is capable of managing up to eight connections at a time from iPads, notebooks and netbooks. The connection is protected via the WPA2 encryption standard, which Audi considers the most convenient and secure mode to protect the passenger's information from curious eyes.
The connection achieves a maximum theoretical speed of 7.2 Mbit/s and can be activated by inserting a data-capable SIM card in the car phone or by connecting via Blue-tooth to a mobile phone with a SIM Access Profile.
The communication of the hotspot with the Internet is managed through an UMTS module connected to an antenna integrated in the rooftop.
Thus the A8 becomes the first series production car in the world to offer a WLAN access, BMW being the first manufacturer to offer Internet access in the car, via its Connected Drive program, though the Internet can only be accessed through the manufacturers iDrive interface.