Two years ago, Audi introduced at CES he first production version of the popular Virtual Cockpit, the 12.3 inch screen that replaces the instruments behind the wheel. Since then, the Virtual Cockpit was used on the TT, Q7 and A4, but also on the Volkswagen Passat.
During this year CES Las Vegas, Audi is expanding its operating and display concept (HMI, human-machine interface) with new solutions.
Now, the company is exhibiting an interior model demonstrating an HMI concept that features large AMOLED displays with integrated haptic feedback. The new type of MMI control with “MMI touch response” recognizes familiar touch gestures from the consumer electronics world and adapts them to the special operating environment in the automobile. Mobile devices such as smartphones and smartwatches can be easily connected.
The smartphone app “Audi MMI connect” offers vehicle-specific remote services. Drivers can display the location of their car on their smartphone, for example. It will also be available for fourth-generation Apple TV from 2016. Starting in 2016, the Audi connect SIM will bring Audi connect services in Europe on board with no activation procedure and enable automatic EU-wide roaming.
Behind the new operating and display concept is the next generation of Audi’s Modular Infotainment Platform, MIB2+. Its further-enhanced computing power enables it to control several high-resolution displays. The MIB2+ is prepared for the latest wireless communication standard, LTE Advanced.