Bluetooth and 4G LTE - What's the deal?

Bluetooth and 4G LTE - What’s the deal?

Continuing from previous technical articles on Connectivity in an intelligent scooter and Building a data pipeline inside and outside a vehicle, here’s the next article on Bluetooth and 4G LTE, and what they enable for the Ather 450 Plus and the Ather 450X.

The Ather 450X has all the smart features that the Ather 450 has and more. With the addition of Bluetooth and the connectivity upgrade to 4G LTE, there are a ton of possibilities to make the Ather 450 Plus and Ather 450X more intelligent.

What does Bluetooth enable?

The Ather 450X dashboard has integrated Bluetooth for enabling smart features. With Bluetooth, your Ather 450X dashboard can connect to your smartphone and the Ather App, to enable music and call controls, and support for smart accessories such as a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and Smart Helmet.

Music and call controls

Installing the Ather app, and connecting your phone to the Ather 450X dashboard will allow you to control call and music functions on the phone through the dashboard.

If you’re getting a call, you can see who’s calling, and accept/reject the call with the toggle switches. You can also see music playing on your phone, and control playback on the dashboard. As always, we recommend riding safely and remaining alert at all times.

Support for smart accessories

With the addition of Bluetooth, there’s support for smart accessories which can work with the 450X. To start off, we’ll be offering a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and a Smart helmet as optional accessories.

A feedback that came from some of the early users of the Ather 450 was that they tend to forget to check their tyre pressure regularly. With no visits to fuel up, it’s difficult to remember to check your tyre pressure regularly. We’ll offer a TPMS kit as an optional accessory, which will integrate sensors on the tyres. The sensors will relay information to the Ather 450X dashboard, and provide real-time information about the air pressure in your tyres.

A smart helmet will also be available as an optional accessory, which will enhance your riding experience. The smart helmet will have the capability to connect to your smartphone and enable you to take calls and listen to music handsfree. No more messing around with wires and your phone while riding.

What about LTE?

We had talked about why we chose to use 3G for the Ather 450 here. With 3G networks on the verge of being phased out in a few years, and with the Ather 450X going pan-India, it became important to upgrade to 4G LTE for connectivity on the Ather 450 Plus and Ather 450X.

Theft and Tow detection

An intelligent scooter also needs to be alert about privy eyes and miscreants trying to mess with it. With a ton of sensors on board, it’s easy to figure out when the scooter is being moved after you parked it. If someone tries to move or tow your scooter, the connectivity and GPS are turned on, with instant alerts on your phone.

With onboard GPS and 4G LTE, you can always view the location of your scooter and track the location if it’s being moved.

More seamless onboard navigation

4G LTE offers much faster data transfer speeds, and it allows a much better experience of navigating through the city. 4G LTE has been deployed nearly everywhere, so you shouldn’t have to worry about network connectivity, in most urban areas.

Quicker data sync between the scooter and the app

With faster data transfer speeds, the data sync between the scooter and your app will be quicker and much smoother. You can instantly find out the location of your Ather 450 Plus or Ather 450X and monitor the charge state in real-time.

Faster OTA updates

With 4G LTE, OTA updates are quicker, more seamless, and your scooter will gain new features and improvements throughout your ownership.

Got any questions on the smart features in the Ather 450 Plus and the Ather 450X? Drop them below and we’ll answer them.

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Just to make clear, the 450+ will not have Bluetooth/wifi and hence will not connect to smart accessories, right?

Yep, the 450 Plus will not have Bluetooth functionality and hence won’t be compatible with the smart accessories.

What about the upgrading of the current Ather 450 3G dashboard to 4G dashboard?

I suppose Ather was working on some upgrade plan.

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It’s been answered before: https://forum.atherenergy.com/t/ownership-experience/303/3347?u=abhishek.balaji

Let’s keep the discussion here specifically to the smart features in the 450 Plus and 450X.

Any upgrade plans from 450 to 450x ?

From what is written here, I’m getting the impression that the TPMS Kit’s Functionality seems exclusive to the 450X’s Dashboard. So it is of no use to a 450 owner like me. But that Smart Helmet looks like it only needs to be connected to the phone so that I can probably consider purchasing when it comes on sale. Can you provide an availability date for this helmet and an approximate price so we can decide whether to keep this in our wishlist or not.

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theft detection and tow detection has nothing to do with 4G or BLE. why can’t this be rolled out for 450?

In TPMS only you monitor how much pressure on the tyres? Does it fill the air pressure in the tyre?

Tpms accessories is good. Does Ather 450x has power socket ?

Like that available in car? This will help as people can keep portable air inflator at home which can work on the powers supply from the socket.

Yep, will be announced closer to delivery timelines (soon).

You’re right! I’d suggest upgrading to the 450X of course, but more details about the accessories will be available closer to launch.

It’s being explored, don’t have exact timelines on implementation

Yup, just for monitoring.

There is no 12V socket on the scooter, however existing owners have used portable pumps that run on a battery. Personally, I’m waiting for the Mi Portable air Compressor, that I can just chuck into the boot and forget it.

I have an aftermarket TPMS that work of BLE and syncs with an app on the phone. I’ve probably checked the app 5 times in the last 10months. It’s a nice to have accessory but I don’t see it being a lifesaver or anything.

I also thought about getting a portable pump, but why bother with it when I can get air for free at the nearest petrol bunk!.

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