Audi, Sierra Wireless jointly develop and test in-vehicle LTE infotainment system

June 14, 2012 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
In the context of developing an LTE-connected infotainment system, carmaker Audi is testing the AirPrime embedded wireless modules from Canadian technology company Sierra Wireless. While Audi's platform still is in the development and testing stage, Sierra Wireless now revealed that it provides the LTE modules to be used. The system has already been showcased at several industry events this year, including the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January, and CeBIT in Hanover, Germany, in March.

Sierra Wireless AirPrime modules are available with varying combinations of LTE frequency bands and fallback technologies, and were the first LTE modules available, allowing Audi to work on the leading edge of wireless technology as LTE networks roll out

“We recognize that automotive customers, with longer product development cycles and products that stay in operation for several years, face special challenges in integrating rapidly evolving wireless technologies,” said Didier Dutronc, Senior Vice President, Embedded M2M Solutions for Sierra Wireless. “We are uniquely positioned to help these customers, with depth of expertise and experience in both automotive M2M requirements and in developing and deploying products for leading edge wireless technologies like LTE. Audi has a long history of technology innovation and we are proud to play a role in developing the connected car of the future.”

Sierra Wireless also offers components required for a wireless connectivity solution, from wireless embedded modules and software suites to development tools and services platforms as well as products designed to match the automotive industry's toughest quality requirements, manufactured in an ISO/TS 16949 compliant facility, and supported by automotive specialists. The company also offers engineering, design, and systems integration services that conform to the automotive industry's tough constraints. 

Audi started driving tests with the LTE platform in late 2011; the tests are ongoing.