It wasn’t so long ago that we were still trying to wrap our heads around carphones. Now Audi’s latest tweak to its connected car system logs in Internet radio and Google Street View (depending on available broadband data options, of course).
Tune in online. There’s in-car reception of over 4 000 Internet radio stations worldwide through the new “Audi music stream” app, which lets drivers tune into radio stations via the Internet and store them in their Audi infotainment system. A driver’s smartphone can be connected to an MMI navigation plus system via WLAN. If there is nothing worthwhile on the radio, just access the phone’s music library wirelessly via the MMI, choose a file and play it.
Enhanced navigation. We’ve become accustomed to Google Street View showing us what a location actually looks like at street level – on our home PCs or laptops. Integrating this with Audi Connect means you can now view high-resolution aerial and satellite images, photos, land formations, streets and their names as well as business information in your car. The system pre-loads data for your selected route and merges them with information from MMI navigation plus. The Bluetooth online car phone’s UMTS module makes true-to-life 360° panorama pedestrian’s eye-view images available in-car.
Audi connect stands for connected mobility combining all applications and developments linking existing and future Audi models to the Internet, to their owner and to the surrounding infrastructure. A built-in UMTS module and a customer’s SIM card on-board the car integrate online information such as navigation with point-of-interest search, Google Earth images and Street View, weather, news, Audi traffic information online or Audi music stream, directly into Audi’s optional MMI navigation plus.
A WLAN hotspot connects mobile devices to the Internet from the rear seats while driving or from all seats when the car is stationary.
Wallpapers: Visit New on the Block (February 2012 issue of PM) to download wallpapers of selected cars.