Bentley launch first superfast in-car wifi
The Advanced Connectivity network will be available in all new vehicles from 2019.
Luxury British car manufacturer Bentley has launched what they’re claiming is the very first superfast in-car wifi network.
Known as Advanced Connectivity, it’ll operate via a bespoke broadband router the company’s engineers have created which will come pre-installed in the boot of all their new vehicles from 2019.
Three SIM cards are placed inside the router which then links to a seperate fixed broadband hub to offer connectivity while on the move.
The system was built in collaboration with California-based telecommunication firm Viasat who’ve successfully brought satellite-enabled wifi to a number of commercial and government aircraft in the past.
It’s reportedly performed very well in testing and the firm is now keen to see it used by customers.
“We’re really excited in terms of the uses cases – this idea that when you’re in the back of a Bentley car you can actually use this advanced connectivity to simultaneously view multiple types of heavy content,” said Hamid Qureshi, Bentley’s connected car product manager.
"You could be sitting in the back of the car and a fellow passenger could be streaming Netflix on their iPad and another passenger could be doing a live Skype call and another passenger could be receiving a heavy data file from the office and editing that file and sending it back."
There’s currently no word on the exact speeds passengers will be able to achieve, but as superfast is defined as anything over 24Mb it’s safe to expect something around there.