Audi says the new A3 family will feature the most advanced version of Audi connect, including picture navigation, read-aloud news headlines and access to more than 7,000 Web radio stations.
LOS ANGELES -- Audi will equip the 2015 A3 compact sedan with 4G LTE high-speed data connectivity. The sedan goes on sale in the United States next spring.
Drivers will have access to more than 7,000 Internet radio stations, picture-based navigation, Google Earth real-time flight departure and landing information and more with the service, which Audi said is seven times faster than 3G connectivity.
Up to eight mobile devices will work with the car's 4G LTE connection, Audi said. It introduced plans for the 4G-equipped A3 today at the Connected Car Expo ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show press previews starting Wednesday.
Audi did not disclose which company will provide the 4G service.
Audi has already added 3G connectivity to most of its cars and light trucks. Upgrading to much faster 4G service and embedding the technology in the vehicle rather than relying on a driver's smartphone to access the Web are necessary steps toward a future in which connected cars will be able to communicate with one another and infrastructure, says Anupam Malhotra, manager of connected vehicles at Audi of America.
"We think this literally creates a platform that allows us to build the connectivity we need in the future," Malhotra said. "And frankly, our customers expect it."
Audi is among the first automakers to build high-speed Internet connections into their vehicles. General Motors plans to equip most 2015 models by mid-2014 with 4G connections.