Major Auto Tech Announcements Set for Connected Car Expo: 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show


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    Audi, Ford and Sprint will make big automotive-technology announcements during the Connected Car Expo at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. | September 18, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Audi, Ford and Sprint will make "significant" automotive technology announcements during the Connected Car Expo, said organizers of the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday.
  • Audi will reveal more details about its first 4G LTE-equipped vehicles, the 2015 Audi A3 and S3.
  • Ford and Sprint have not spelled out specifics about their announcements.

LOS ANGELES — Audi, Ford and Sprint will make "significant" automotive technology announcements during the Connected Car Expo, said organizers of the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday.

Audi will reveal more details about its first 4G LTE-equipped vehicles, the 2015 Audi A3 and S3. The 4G LTE high-speed wireless connectivity will debut on the 2015 A3 here next spring. Pricing for the 4G LTE wireless connectivity has not been announced.

Ford and Sprint have not spelled out specifics about their announcements.

"We're continuing to make significant improvements for this year's show, and are excited to have these innovative industry leaders debut major tech-focused news at what is now our opening press day focusing on technology," said Lisa Kaz, president of the Los Angeles Auto Show and Connected Car Expo, in a statement.

The 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show is adding a third press day to focus on the rapidly expanding connected-car industry.

The CCE is shaping up to be a major presence at the show, with its tech announcements and FastPitch competition. The competition seeks to find the hottest new auto-tech idea or startup.

Philip Potloff, Edmunds executive vice president and CIO who is serving as a judge on the Connected Car Expo's FastPitch contest, says he is seeking consumer-friendly technology when it comes to picking a winner.

Edmunds says: Automotive technology takes center stage alongside vehicle unveilings in a major shift at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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