Audi is using Sierra Wireless Airprime embedded wireless modules to test a new LTE-based infotainment system.

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Audi is testing the new LTE mobile communication standard with a long-wheelbase A8 model (Photo: Audi)

Sierra Wireless said Audi's infotainment system is still in the development an testing phase. The premium car maker has shown versions of the system at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January and at CeBIT in Hanover in March.

Sierra Wireless, a Canadian provider of wireless connectivity solutions, makes LTE modules for various frequency bands and a range of connectivity technologies.

"We recognize that automotive customers, with longer product development cycles and products that stay in operation for several years, face special challenges in integrating rapidly evolving wireless technologies,” said Didier Dutronc, senior vice president, embedded m2m solutions at Sierra Wireless.

LTE, which stands for long term evolution, is also known as 4G. It is the next generation standard for wireless communication. The technology is being rolled out gradually, starting in major cities.

LTE will provide faster connectivity for mobile devices, which is widely seen as a key precondition for the development and implementation of new connected-car technologies.