Audi using Telit’s UMTS modem for connected services

Telit Wireless Solutions will be equipping the new Audi A8 with UMTS/HSDPA-based broadband communications modules.

The two companies have announced that the new, third-generation “MMI Navigation plus” infotainment system will be fitted as an optional extra from the summer of 2010 with the UC864-E-AUTO from Telit automotive module. This will give Audi customers the ability to make and receive telephone calls as well as use mobile Internet and innovative online services.

With the optionally-available “Bluetooth Autotelefon online”, the UMTS/HSDPA module UC864-E-AUTO from Telit is now being integrated completely into the MMI system.

As well as premium voice-controlled telephony via the Bluetooth SIM access profile or plug-in SIM card, the system now also offers broadband mobile Internet access inside the car as standard.

This can be used on the one hand for Audi online services integrated into the car, such as point of interest searches, destination uploads in the car from home, retrieval of weather forecast information, travel information and news headlines, as well as Google Earth online satellite maps. On the other, of course, the Internet access facility can also be used by passengers with mobile wireless LAN devices as a “rolling hotspot”.

The UC864-E-AUTO is a single-band UMTS/HSDPA and quad-band EDGE module developed especially for the needs of the automotive industry. The module guarantees an ultra-fast data transfer of up to 7.2 Mbit/s at 2100 MHz.

Source: Telit.

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