Premium carmaker Audi Ag on Thursday said it will offer the LTE service in its new A3 model, which will be the first vehicle in the world to be fitted with 4G Internet connection.
Audi will be the first automaker to fit its vehicles with 4G Internet technology – a connection that offers much higher speed than 3G or even WiFi. The German automaker has recently launched the first in-car 4G LTE service on the 2014 S3 Sportback, and until November the service will be offered in all A3 models in Europe. As 4G LTE requires a hardware upgrade, Audi saud the R8 and TT models will not see this technology until their next generation.
The maker of RS6 spors sedan currently offers unlimited 3G service through T-Mobile, which is free of charge for the first six months and then customers will have to pay about $15 per month. The German automaker said that it will announce the price for 4G LTE service sometime close to the LA auto show in November.
The announcement comes months after GM said it will fit most of its 2015 model with the 4G LTE connection. General Motors CEO Dan Akerson said that the 4G LTE connectivity will bring a significant increase in the company’s revenue.
At the beginning of this year GM announced it had signed a deal with AT&T to include 4G LTE mobile Internet access into the automaker’s most 2015 models sold in Canada and the US, which will hit the market in mid-2014.