By Staff Writer
“CarFi will be available in South Africa before the end of this year. It is compatible with all car models from leading automobile manufacturers that feature a cigarette lighter or in-car charger outlet.”
Huawei unveiled its in-car 4G LTE mobile WiFi device, Huawei CarFi, which converts vehicles into WiFi hotspots on wheels for added convenience in daily life.
Delivering download speeds of up to 150 Mbps and connectivity for up to 10 devices, Huawei CarFi can be easily transferred from one vehicle to another.
“At Huawei, we aim to be one step ahead in providing great technology that meets connectivity needs in every aspect of life. As a leader in mobile broadband delivering next-generation LTE networks, Huawei devices such as Huawei CarFi make it possible for people to enjoy the freedom of connectivity on the move,” said Steven Liu, Vice President of mobile broadband line, Huawei consumer business group. “Automotive connectivity, known in the industry as telematics, is a significant trend that will provide safety, convenience, and infotainment in the future.”
Penetration of WiFi in vehicle infotainment system is set to become an important trend.
Huawei CarFi will automatically turn off when no WiFi-compatible device is identified, and can still be used to charge other electronic devices even when turned off as long as car is in use. Huawei CarFi does not contain a battery which provides protection against overheating in hot climates, and has a built-in self-regulating temperature protection function that automatically lowers the temperature of the device when necessary.
Fitting into the cigarette lighter or in-car charger outlet of a vehicle, unified design of Huawei CarFi features “plug and play” functionality that can be turned on with a single long press of the “on” button for added convenience and safety when on the road.
Alternatively, it can also be controlled remotely by Android and iOS smartphones using the ‘Huawei Hilink’ application available to download via all major app stores.