BARCELONA, SPAIN - Qualcomm Inc., a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies, products, and services, and Audi AG announced that Audi's Mobile Media Interface (MMI) Plus in-car navigation system, featuring integrated UMTS connectivity from Qualcomm, will be available on select Audi A8 vehicles this year. The solution brings 3G high-speed data connectivity to the automobile and enables previously unseen navigation capabilities. The MMI's embedded 3G connectivity also allows the car to perform as a mobile "hot spot," allowing passengers to connect their Wi-Fi devices to the Internet from the vehicle.
"Audi strives to deliver a cutting-edge automotive experience, and increasingly that has meant not only the best-in-class automotive technology, but also complementary capabilities that bring greater value to our customers," said Peter Kohlschmidt, director of development in Wireless, Acoustic and Connectivity for Audi.
"We are pleased to be working with Audi, a globally recognized leader in luxury automobiles, to show consumers just how compelling the mixture of navigation and 3G connectivity technologies can be," said Luis Pineda, senior vice president of product management and marketing at Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "By integrating Qualcomm UMTS modem technology with their MMI Plus navigation system, Audi will give its customers a navigation experience unlike any other, backed by real-time data and imagery."
The newest generations of Audi A8 vehicles with the MMI Plus navigation system will have high-speed data connectivity and simultaneous voice and data connections enabled by Qualcomm's technology. Audi has made the most of this connectivity by integrating Google Earth to provide high-resolution, 3D satellite and aerial imagery to the navigation system. When these images are combined with a detailed street atlas and other online or offline content in real-time, the MMI Plus navigation system can provide route planning, points-of-interest and real-time traffic updates on a single, seamlessly integrated platform.