Digital security firm Gemalto recently claimed an industry first for its infotainment system for German carmaker Audi.
Gemalto said its Cinterion automotive grade machine to machine (M2M) technology embedded in Audi A3's infotainment system allows for 4G connectivity. With Gemalto-enabled, LTE-ready Audi connect services, Audi owners can have high-speed and low latency connectivity, mobile Wi-Fi hotspot up to eight devices, multimedia streaming and downloads, simultaneous voice and data services, and an improved navigation system street level imagery streamed to the vehicle.
Gemalto explained that connectivity is optimised to leverage high-speed LTE/4G networks first and then maximise 3G speeds when 4G is not available. "This makes peak data rates comparable to advanced home and office Internet services," the company said.
Gemalto claims to be at the forefront of both LTE and automotive-grade M2M development.
In terms of durability, the Gemalto said the Cinterion automotive M2M technology was developed for rugged conditions.
"Gemalto's scalable automotive M2M solution allows us to seamlessly and quickly migrate from 3G to LTE, delivering a faster, more dynamic product that embodies our leadership through innovation," said Ricky Hudi, chief executive engineer, Electrics/Electronics, AUDI AG.
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