Bentley has announced what it is calling Advanced Connectivity – saying that this is the world’s first super-fast, reliable and secure in-car Wi-Fi system.
Bentley says that its customers can now benefit from uninterrupted mobile network coverage while travelling, providing a fully functioning and fully connected executive office on the move. For example, when using the Bentley Advanced Connectivity Wi-Fi system while traveling at speeds of 110 km/h (70 mph), a passenger is able to access a number of simultaneous entertainment and business applications – including high-definition video streaming across multiple devices – with uninterrupted service quality. Bentley customers access the Bentley Advanced Connectivity system via a dedicated app on their smart phone.
Users will benefit from Bentley Skype for Business and virtual office applications, such as the ability to access and edit files on the go, hold video conferences, conduct multiple meetings and be present for discussions, all in a secure virtual environment. Customers will also be able to access online video services to stream content in the car.
Bentley has enlisted global communications company, Viasat, to provide in-car technology for its customers. Bentley Advanced Connectivity is a multi-channel virtual private network (VPN), which can aggregate up to three mobile network operators on one signal. The connectivity system is placed inside the Bentley’s boot lid, with the router connected to the on-board DC power supply. The Wi-Fi router links to a broadband connected hub located at a static site. This hub then links the Bentley system to the broadband connection at the host site.
This new Wi-Fi service is apparently available in all Bentley models in 2019.