Audi Introduces 4G LTE Connectivity for 2015 A3
At Tuesday's Connected Car Expo during the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, Audi said it will offer 4G LTE in the 2015 A3 sedan. The automaker, which already offers 3G connectivity across much of its lineup through Audi Connect, said the new service will be seven times faster and allow for up to eight mobile devices to be connected through an onboard WiFi hotspot. It should enable smoother Google Earth and Google Street View images; it will also facilitate audible news, Facebook and Twitter alerts, and provide access to more than 7,000 stations of Internet radio.
You won't necessarily have to pay for a separate subscription, though. The automaker said it will offer shared data plans between your smartphone and the car — much like a cellphone family plan — to mitigate the cost, Audi officials told us at today's unveiling.