Audi Connect signs contract with T-Mobile and surprised like the rest of us by the AT&T thing.Audi Connect will provide the wireless data pipe through which the car’s MMI infotainment system will pull down Google Earth imagery, Local Search POIs, Sirius Traffic information and even act like a Quattro hotspot for folks in the back seat………
Audi announced that T-Mobile USA Inc. will serve as the U.S. wireless carrier for its Audi Connect systems in the company’s newest Audi luxury vehicle lines. Available with the arrival of the 2012 Audi A7 in April, the Audi Connect services include voice-activated Google Earth,Google Local Search and Sirius Traffic information combined with Google Earth imagery.Audi Connect allows users to obtain real-time news, weather and fuel prices from other providers. Audi Connect is also able to turn the vehicle into a secure mobile Wi-Fi hotspot for allowing vehicle passengers to retrieve information on the Internet conveniently and securely.Audi Connect services are enabled with an enhanced, ruggedized T-Mobile SIM card connected to T-Mobile‘s robust network inserted into the advanced Audi MMI Navigation Plus system. To facilitate easy activation, T-Mobile SIM cards will be included with the vehicle, allowing customers to simply sign up for a service plan at the time of vehicle sale or at any time during or after the six-month complimentary trial period.
Audi turned to T-Mobile as the wireless provider because of its reliable, nationwide network, leadership in the automotive telematics space and strong customer satisfaction record.“The launch of Audi Connect is part of a foundational strategy to help Audi lead with first-to-market, cutting-edge connected services,” said Johan de Nysschen, President, Audi of America. “We’re looking forward to a productivel relationship with T-Mobile USA as we give motorists and passengers the ability to access the most current information and enhance their enjoyment of their Audi vehicle.””From our robust, nationwide network to our cutting-edge SIM technology, T-Mobile innovates so that customers can connect and access information from nearly anywhere,” said John Horn, National Director of M2M at T-Mobile USA. “The Audi Connect service is a great example of how the vehicle ownership experience can be enhanced with wireless connectivity and we’re thrilled to be a part of it.”In addition to the 2012 Audi A7, Audi Connect will appear this summer in the 2012 Audi A8 line, the 2012 Audi A6 and the 2012 Audi Q7. Future Audi models, such as the Audi Q5 Hybrid will also feature Audi Connect.