The car of the future is fully networked with the driver and of course the Internet smartphone, finally can be realized in this way many functions. Nor is Audi future, but with the Virtual Cockpit go Ingolstadt at least the first step in this direction: The merger of the speedometer and infotainment system.
Earlier this year, Google introduced at CES 2014 with the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) an association of numerous manufacturers in the automotive industry before, the aim of the introduction of Android in the car (to post). Skip to CES even Audi also gave first views on what you plan actually. Since then, much time has passed and the engineers were anything but idle, resulting cockpit for the third generation of the Audi TT, inter alia, in the Audi Virtual.
While most infotainment systems are housed in the center console of a vehicle, Audi TT shift in the (2014) the whole ado to where the speedometer and tachometer so far had their place. The developers have both unceremoniously replaced with virtual counterparts and named the system Virtual Cockpit. This is ultimately nothing more than a huge 12-inch TFT display, which takes place all the action. Whether speed, media control or navigation: The driver of the Audi TT has with the Virtual Cockpit everything right under his nose.
Technically combines Audi unceremoniously two systems on a display: An entertainment system with the complete media control and the key for the drivers about speed, speed and so on. Both systems are controlled by a separate way NVIDIA Tegra 3, which ensures a certain degree of security in the representation according to Audi. This flickering way with 60 frames per second on the display, so the display of the virtual cockpit is always liquid. Not quite clear is the way in which operating system Audi uses. For CES it was still called that they wanted to continue to rely more on Android (to post).
The Virtual Cockpit is operated via the View button on the steering wheel of the Audi TT, is bringing change, among other things between the two modes. In Classic mode, the speedometer and tachometer are in the foreground, so both displays are shown particularly large. Navigation and entertainment play a subordinate role and run smaller in the background. In Entertainment mode, however, the ads are small and the navigation and the multimedia experience are paramount. Due to the smaller instruments shown more space for all kind of information is available, what must not be limited to the navigation. This includes inbound calls via a connected smartphone as well as with an Audi connect or playback of multimedia files.
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