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27th May, 2010

  • First factory-installed WLAN hotspot in a car
  • Wireless access for iPads, laptops and netbooks
  • Secure encryption, stable connection

The new Audi A8 is the first car in the world to offer an optional factory-installed WLAN 'hotspot' for wireless internet access. Passengers in the front and rear can simultaneously access the internet through the carís integrated WLAN module and via UMTS, using up to eight terminal devices such as laptops, Apple iPads or netbooks.

Wireless surfing, accessing information, data and e-mails from company networks, and downloading the latest 'apps' for the iPad Ė passengers in the front and rear can conveniently and securely use all of these features while traveling in the Audi A8, just as if they were in their own office. WPA2 encryption provides the necessary security for the transfer of data.

Using the WLAN hotspot is remarkably simple. To activate internet access with speeds up to 7.2 Mbit/s, the driver merely needs to insert a data-capable SIM card into the Bluetooth on-line car phone. Alternatively, an internet connection can be established via Bluetooth by using a compatible mobile phone with a SIM Access Profile. Any existing mobile phone contract can be used for this Ė often coupled with a flat-rate data plan.

Communication with the internet takes place through the rooftop antenna of the Audi A8 via the carís own UMTS module. This enables connection stability with outstanding reception quality.


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