NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered in-car infotainment system isn’t good enough for Audi – they also want to provide its customers with on-the-road connectivity. To make that happen, the car company is teaming-up with Sierra Wireless to use their AirPrime embedded wireless modules and make the whole car connected to a 3G/4G network.
Still in the development and testing stage, the system has been already showcased at several industry events this year, including the CES in Las Vegas, and CeBIT in Hanover, Germany. Moreover, drive tests were started in late 2011 and are ongoing.
Sierra Wireless’ AirPrime modules are available with varying combinations of LTE frequency bands and fallback technologies, allowing Audi to work on the “leading edge of wireless technology” as LTE networks roll out.
At the moment, we don’t know when the first LTE-connected Audi vehicles will be out, but something tells me that first such models may start selling as early as next year. We’ll see…