Audi of America has announced their plans to partner with Verizon to embed 5G Ultra Wideband network capabilities throughout the automaker’s US lineup.

Currently, Audi intends to debut this technology for the 2024 model year. The Verizon 5G internet connection will give way to a variety of features, including more updates and cloud-focused profiles, providing greater convenience for vehicle owners.

For example, Audi vehicles enabled by Verizon 5G will be able to provide driver’s and passengers with in-car Wi-Fi for entertainment streaming and over-the-air software updates, and navigation systems will be enhanced by HD/3D mapping and video. Audi is one of the first automakers to incorporate 5G connectivity into their vehicles, and they were the first to do so with 4G LTE and in-vehicle Wi-Fi.

Audi Skysphere concept

“Audi was the first automaker to bring in-vehicle Wi-Fi to customers as well as 4G LTE connectivity in the 2015 A3, and we will be among the first to bring the next generation of connectivity to our customers in the U.S.,” said Filip Brabec, senior VP, Product Planning, Audi of America. “We value our partnership with Verizon and their eagerness to push the boundaries of what’s possible as cars continue to become even more connected.”

Another feature proposed by Audi was cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology. These systems would allow vehicles to respond to nearby vehicles and infrastructure. This means low-latency alerts and messages, which in turn means a safer, more predictable commute. Alongside Verizon, Audi of America is collaborating with various state departments of transportation, infrastructure providers and technology providers to better develop C-V2X.

This announcement ties in with the recent news of nation-wide 3G networks being shutdown in favor of 4G and 5G connections. Devices operating on strictly 3G connectivity will be unable to use mobile data services. The earliests of these shutdowns are already beginning; Verizon has stated that its 3G network will finish shutting down by December 31, 2022.