James Bond, the secret agent, may be strongly associated with Aston Martins but Ian Fleming, who created the character in his series of novels, actually associated Bond with Bentleys. He owned and used them in at least four of the books and they included the 1933 4½ Litre Bentley ‘Blower’.
The secret agent would love today’s Bentley with its latest Advanced Connectivity – the world’s first super-fast, reliable and secure in-car wifi system. It’s the sort of thing ‘Q’, the man who develops all the amazing cars and gadgets, would come up with and now Bentley customers can 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 wifi system while traveling at speeds of 110 km/h, 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.
They can access the system via a dedicated app on their smartphone. There’s Bentley Skype for Business and significant virtual office applications, such as the ability to access and edit files on the go, hold vital video conferences, conduct multiple meetings and be present for crucial discussions, all in a secure virtual environment.
Bentley conducted an exhaustive international search to find the perfect partner for its in-car connectivity requirements, and has enlisted global communications company, Viasat, to provide the world’s best and most secure in-car technology for its customers. It utilises a multi-channel virtual private network (VPN) which can aggregate up to three mobile network operators on one super-fast signal. The connectivity system is placed discreetly inside the Bentley’s bootlid, with the router connected to the on-board DC power supply.
Viasat is recognised internationally for having managed 14 million wifi hotspots; for having operated a managed hotspot network in nearly 30 countries; and for bringing satellite-enabled in-flight wifi to major commercial and government aircraft worldwide. The new service will be available in all Bentley models from 2019.