Audi has just announced that it will be the first automaker to include Wi-Fi as standard in its cars with its 2011 A8 sedan.
A car as an access point
The access point will be propagated by the car antenna and passengers will be able to connect to it provided they know the WAP2 password, the aim being to offer a private and secure connection. Audi does not give technical details, but speaks of a theoretical speed of 7.2 Mbits / s.
This is a relatively low speed for a Wi-Fi network which is mainly explained by the fact that the Internet is provided by a SIM card inserted in the Bluetooth telephone of the car which serves as a router and makes it possible to connect to the 3G network. . It will also be possible to connect to the Internet via Bluetooth.
The start of an almost mandatory trend
At a time when data plans are democratizing, this idea should appeal to all those who depend a lot on the Internet and VoIP in their car. We imagine that this technology will be even more interesting when operators have deployed their 4G networks which should offer practical speeds around 10 Mbits / s.