Automotive news published an article earlier this month about the impact consumers’ 4G LTE smartphones will have on the Automotive Industry, including access to the Internet in the car, more infotainment apps, and more in-car options.
LTE is expected to improve access to your email, weather, traffic, video conferencing, video streaming, and anything else that users would need an Internet connection to while in their car. In-car devices can be made into wi-fi hotspots that are portable outside of the vehicle.
These changes will be seen in Europe before they come to the states, with German luxury carmakers leading the way right now. Audi released the Audi S3 Sportback with an LTE connectivity option in July, and plans to offer that option in the A3 models in November for Europe, and in the United States some time next year.
How much is this all going to cost? Automakers hope that consumers are willing to pay for apps that require in-car LTE connections, to make possible revenue off of it.