ng Connect in China: LTE enabled Volkswagen Touran

The ng Connect Program announced the expansion to the Asia Pacific region with the launch of a new LTE Connected Car concept coincident with the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai.

ng Connect Program members Alcatel-Lucent, QNX and Samsung, in collaboration with Harman, developed the concept vehicle, which is based on a 2010 Shanghai Volkswagen Touran platform. The LTE Connected Car concept vehicle was unveiled today at a public ceremony in Shanghai.

To demonstrate the capabilities of next generation mobile networks, Alcatel-Lucent is deploying a live LTE network during the Shanghai World Expo and will be showing the LTE Connected Car as an example of how this technology is supporting a new class of vehicle-centric and travel-centric applications and services.

These include in-car entertainment such as video/audio and online games; remote maintenance (such as vehicle software and application upgrades); and enhanced navigation, including always-on access to detailed traffic and weather information.

The LTE Connected Car also demonstrates HD IPTV and HD video surveillance services. Access to the services is provided through multiple touch screens in the car for the driver and passengers. Additionally, Chinese language support has been added, as well as customization to showcase content from a local Chinese video portal.

The LTE Connected Car for Asia Pacific is the latest solution concept to be produced by the ng Connect Program and shows the true power of collaboration across multiple industries.

The ng Connect Program 2010 milestones include:

* Membership growth of over 100 percent to 38 members worldwide
* Development of 14 solution concepts for LTE networks
* LTE Connected Car launches in Europe and China
* Extended presence in briefing centers and labs in the Americas, Europe and Asia

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