Soon drivers will have internet in their cars, offering a host of capabilities, including from anything from safety to entertainment.
Audi recently unveiled the 2013 Audi A3 with 4G LTE wireless connectivity at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Teaming up with Qualcomm Technologies, the A3 features the Gobi 3G/4G chipset, MDM9215. The technology will allow users to connect up to eight devices in the car and receive real-time weather, travel information and navigation.
“We hope to introduce to automobiles the same 4G LTE connectivity that Qualcomm brought to today’s leading smartphones and mobile computing devices,” said Kanwalinder Singh, senior vice president of business development, Qualcomm Technologies. “The capabilities of the MDM9215 chipset allows Audi to define a new in-car media experience, including viewing and interacting with content on the head unit as well as on passengers’ own Wi-Fi-connected smartphones and tablets, all at 4G LTE speeds.”
In a separate announcement Audi also recently revealed that the 2014 Audi SQ5 will be featured at the Detroit Auto Show. Those looking to secure finance for a new car will be pleased to know the SQ5 will be available for purchase next fall.
Hyundai also displayed at the Consumer Electronics Show featuring its Blue Link telematics platform. The automaker recently teamed up with Google to integrate Google Maps into the platform.
Event-goers got to see the service and infotainment applications that provide technological advancements for Hyundai drivers, including Service Link to help schedule car care, remote start, lock and unlock through a smartphone app, cloud-based destination search by voice, as well as the new Send to Car, Point of Interest Search and Local Search by voice with the new added features from Google Maps.
“We’re always looking for ways to make it easier for people to discover more relevant information to help them make informed choices – whether that’s where to go for a coffee or where to take dry cleaning,” said Tarun Bhatnagar, head of Enterprise Geo at Google. “It’s great to see that more drivers now have access to fresh, web-based content while on the go with the Hyundai Blue Link Google Maps integration.”
Kia also announced recently that it is implementing Google Maps into its UVO eServices telematics system, which will debut in the 2014 Kia Sorento CUV. The improved system will allow Sorento drivers to control on-board navigation through voice commands.