Huawei unveils new CarFi Hotspot technology at MWC 2015
Monday, 09 March 2015
Huawei unveiled the “CarFi” last week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona – a new in-car 4G mobile Wi-Fi device. The CarFi essentially transforms vehicles into moving Wi-Fi hotspots. According to Huawei, the device is expected to be able to connect up to 10 devices and provie download speeds of up to 150 Mbps. In addition, the CarFi is not locked to one vehicle and can be moved to other vehicles. Furthermore, the CarFi does not contain any battery which prevents risks of overheating in warmer climates. In addition, it has an added layer of security via a built-in self-regulating temperature protection function that automatically lowers the temperature of the device when necessary.
Steven Liu, Vice President of Mobile Broadband and Home Product Line at Huawei stated that: “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. Automotive connectivity, known in the industry as telematics, is a significant trend that will provide safety, convenience, and infotainment in the future.”
Liu also emphasized that a connected vehicle can provide several benefits, including parking assistance, vehicle issue diagnosis, emergency rescue, hands-free speech recognition, real time highway condition updates and driving behavior pattern identification to ensure drivers remain safe on the road.
The CarFi is easy to use, and can be plugged into the cigarette lighter of a vehicle in order to supply it with power. Liu explained that the design offers flexibility and can also be controlled remotely by smartphones using with the ‘Huawei Hilink’ application. The Huawei CarFi is expected to hit the market before the end of 2015.