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Audi Partners with Verizon to Bring 5G Connectivity to New Models by 2024

Verizon Business and Audi of America on Tuesday announced an agreement to bring 5G connectivity to the automaker’s U.S. lineup, estimated to begin with select models for the 2024 model year.

The collaboration brings embedded 5G Ultra Wideband connectivity into Audi vehicles and provides the speed and telecommunication architecture necessary for highly personalized and augmented mobile services, new driver-assistance features, and connectivity-enabled innovations for the automated future of driving. 

The embedded technology will allow a vehicle to connect to the Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband network to enable advanced driving features, connected services, and blazing-fast in-car Wi-Fi and infotainment. What 5G means for future customers:

 – Passengers will be able to download or stream entertainment at higher speeds and with better quality than ever before

 – Vehicles will be able to receive firmware and software upgrades over the air – much like a mobile phone – to help ensure in-vehicle technology remains current and capable

 – Infotainment and navigation systems can be enhanced with HD/3D mapping and video, cloud-based user profiles, and mobile retail capabilities

 – Cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology, which Audi and Verizon are developing for customers, designed to allow vehicles to respond to other vehicles and infrastructure around them for low-latency alerts and messages. The technology will be crucial to development of automated vehicles and safety advancements, such as providing a fuller view of vehicle environments beyond what drivers, vehicle cameras and radar systems can observe.

Verizon is also partnering with all three major cloud providers for mobile edge compute services, which can be used to develop innovative safety and autonomous driving features. Mobile edge computing with 5G connectivity provides the low latency needed for urgent C-V2X communications, i.e., the ability for vehicles to communicate with other vehicles, connected infrastructure, and devices in the environment around them in near real-time. Through Verizon’s ongoing 5G network and mobile edge compute expansions and its relationships with automotive OEMs and research facilities, the company remains committed to the advancement of 5G-enhanced vehicle technology and superior driving and in-vehicle experiences.


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