The 2024 Audi model line will be 5G network connected.
The German automaker stated that starting in 2024, a limited number of Audi cars would be able to connect to Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network.
Better software performance, better navigation, and quicker video and music streaming capabilities will all be made possible by the increased connectivity.
Audi’s 5G in-car services will probably need subscribers to pay a monthly fee. Audi did not disclose the price of a 5G subscription, but the current Function On-demand package with in-car navigation and Wi-Fi using 4G LTE costs $849 annually.
The alliance seeks to provide new vehicle models with quicker network speeds that have more sophisticated software requirements than analogue cars from the past. It also happens at a time when automakers are researching cutting-edge technologies like vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication that may improve driving safety and quality in the future.
The linked car future that major automakers like Audi, Volvo, BMW, and Ford have advocated for is drawing nearer in the United States. A report from eMarketer claims that about 60% of American drivers had a connected automobile in 2021, and the percentage is expected to reach over 70% by 2025.
The idea, according to Verizon and Audi, is to introduce 5G Ultra-Wideband technology to the automaker’s array of vehicles beginning with the 2024 model year. New features, such as enhanced mobile services, new driver assistance functions, and innovations for the automated future of transportation will be made possible by the improved connectivity.