Audi has moved the connected car a step closer by offering its new 2015 A3 with 4G LTE internet. Audi is the first automaker to offer the high-speed connection, and other Audi models--and doubtless other manufacturers--are set to follow in its footsteps. Already offered in some Audi models overseas, the service will allow quicker in-car internet connection than ever before.

Downloads are said to be seven times faster than existing connections, facilitating access to a wider range of data. Navigation is one area to benefit from the LTE connection, as Google Earth and Google Street View, used by Audi's MMI navigation plus system, will load quicker and smoother. Picture navigation, social media connection, mobile app integration and wider access to internet radio services will all enhance the connected experience for passengers.

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Google Earth with Traffic information online via LTE

Google Earth with Traffic information online via LTE

So too will another benefit of the fast connection, Audi's in-car Wi-Fi hotspot. Up to eight devices will be supported by the hotspot, ensuring internet-obsessed passengers never miss the latest Facebook update, always have access to the latest twerking video, and #driving #selfies are only a click away.

In future, Audi hopes the 4G LTE connection will also allow better communication with grid-connected services like smart infrastructure, parking lots and other vehicles on the road.

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The 100 Mbps wireless broadband connection will appear in A3s featuring the Audi connect system when the model debuts next spring.


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