The New MMI Generation from Audi Offers Top-Level Multimedia and Communication
AUBURN HILLS, MI – Audi is increasing its lead in
infotainment technology even further. A new generation of the MMI has been
announced. With a high-capacity hard disk, a DVD drive and fast processors, it
is much more versatile and its performance is higher than ever before. The new
MMI’s first appearance will be in the A8 luxury sedan, but before long it will
also be available for two other model lines.
version, MMI navigation plus, is now a state-of-the-art, high-end system. The
basic operating principle has been retained, but the innovative joystick makes
it even more convenient. This joystick is located on the central knob and can
be moved in eight directions.
from the control terminal, the monitor screen is the second important interface
between the system and its users. For the new MMI, Audi has provided a large
TFT display, measuring seven inches from corner to corner. It is located high
up on the center console. With the very high resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and
LED backlighting, this monitor supplies an exceptionally sharp image with
plenty of contrast. Even in poor light conditions, the colors are intense
against the black background.
big screen, the driver can choose between the conventional two-dimensional view
maps and the new 3D images. These feature a birds-eye perspective of the map
area, with plenty of carefully presented detail. As in an atlas, the various
heights above sea level are shown in different colors, and the most important
buildings in large cities appear in three dimensions.
extended many of the navigation system’s functions. For instance, additional
detail maps are faded up at crossroads, with small extra arrows indicating the
correct lane to follow. Whenever it seems sensible, the navigation system
offers the driver a choice of three routes, including the one that’s likely to
keep fuel consumption to a minimum.
driver uses voice input to load a destination into the navigation system, this
can now be done without spelling out the individual letters. The new MMI
understands complete words in a number of national languages. The same applies
to the new high-performance telephone directory, which can store up to 5,000
entries each with five numbers for each user.
MMI can be ordered as of now for the A8 luxury sedan, and will be available
before long in the Audi A6 and then in the new Audi Q5 performance SUV.