Lightning quick, cutting-edge: Audi S3 first car to offer 4G internet
By Kyle Linsay
Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 12:00
LAUNCHED: Lightning quick 4G for S3
Lightning-quick 4G internet is set to grace the new Audi S3 – making the vehicle the first to offer the super-fast connectivity.
Launched today in London, the capital’s 4G revolution will be pounced upon by Audi, whose 300PS S3 Sportback is the first ready-to-order production car equipped to handle it.
The 300PS S3 Sportback is, appropriately, the fastest member of the five-door family, and will now facilitate high-speed conference calls, downloading and general surfing.
While the technology is available to be ordered for the Audi S3 Sportback now, all other variants of the A3 family must wait until November to receive their boost.
Audi claim the integration marks an important step in the evolution of their ‘connect’ system, which networks the car with the driver and the Internet.
In the future, they claim, the system could also provide an interface with the infrastructure and with other vehicles.
To use 4G, MMI Navigation Plus with Audi ‘connect’ is required – available as part of the Technology Package for the S3 Sportback.
A suitable SIM card with a data flat rate also needs to be inserted into the appropriate slot in the glovebox.
When passengers connect their mobile devices to the WLAN hotspot integrated into the car, they can surf the web independently of one another.
For example, one passenger can participate in a video conference while another watches a video.
In the Audi S3 Sportback, 4G technology will accelerate the delivery of many of the services of Audi connect to the driver.
These include navigation with Google Earth and Google Street View, Audi music stream web radio and online traffic information.
The latest Audi connect in A3 and S3 models also offer social media, a fuel station locator with distance and pricing information, and a parking availability and pricing function.