Audi’s Updated MMI Infotainment System to Debut in Audi Q5
AUBURN HILLS, MI - Automotive multimedia technology company Harman/Becker revealed this weekthat the latest version of its Multi Media Interface (MMI) 3G InfotainmentSystem will debut this fall in the 2009 Audi Q5 SUV, according to www.motortrend.com.The two companies have collaborated on multiple vehicle systems since early1989 and are looking to begin a new age of dynamic in-car multimedia with theMMI 3G.
Userswill be able to select various points of interest on the widescreen navigationmonitor that reproduces true-to-scale three dimensional terrain, thanks inlarge part to a high speed NVIDIAr graphics card. In addition, the systemboasts photorealistic depictions of points of interest, offers a bird’s-eyeview of more-distant destinations, and also has an automatic close-upzoom feature that can be used at busy intersections.The navigation system has maps of 44 European countries, the continental United States and Canada pre-programmed into itsonboard hard drive. All mapping functions can be can be navigated viavoice commands.
Connectivity features include Bluetooth and IPodcapability, as well as USB media storage units.The compact premium Q5 SUV is set to make its debut this fall across Europe andwill go on sale in the North American market at the beginning 2009. Like itsA4/A5 siblings, the SUV has been built to accommodate multiple powertrainsranging from inline-four cylinders to big V-8s. Models coming to the United Stateswill initially employ a 286 horsepower 3.2L direct-injection V-6 mated to a six-speedautomatic transmission, , according to www.motortrend.com.In addition to the Q5, it is expected Audi will offer the Harman/Becker MMIInfotainment System will be rolled-out on select premium trim models initially,including the upcoming 2010 A7 four-door coupe.