Audi A8 L with LTE.automotiveIT

An Audi A8 L equipped with fast LTE connectivity

Audi showed a prototype A8 with LTE next-generation mobile communications technology at this week’s 2011 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The German premium car maker said it’s getting automotive LTE technology ready for series production.

LTE stands for Long Term Evolution, a new communications standard that is likely to succeed the current 3G transmission technology. LTE offers transfer rates of up to 100 Mbit per second, up from about 14 Mbit per second for a fast 3G connection.

LTE would provide significantly faster access to Internet content in the car and would allow large amounts of data to be exchanged. For demonstration purposes, the technicians in Barcelona used the LTE connection for transmitting high-definition videos live to the vehicle.

Audi is working with telecommunications groups Alcatel-Lucent and China Mobile to further develop LTE for the car.

“We are delivering a really cool driving experience in a really cool car using cutting-edge technology,” said Ken Wirth, president, 4G LTE Wireless Networks at Alcatel-Lucent.

Audi r&d chief Michael Dick said at the presentation of the prototype: “ We will use LTE technology to extend our advantage in automotive networking and further consolidate the Audi connect strategy.”