Technology is evolving at a breakneck pace and Audi’s new infotainment system just might change how we interact with cars in the future. Whereas the instrument cluster has always been centered around basic analog gauges, Audi’s Virtual Cockpit is revolutionizing how drivers get their information.
Audi’s Virtual Cockpit is found in their new lineup of vehicles and it’s changing the way you think about your car. Most of today’s cutting edge car infotainment systems use a mixture of real time data and directions displayed in the center dash. If you need any real information about your car or your destination, it always involved an added step of interaction. For most of the latest infotainment systems, you’ll have to take your eyes off the road to take a peek at your infotainment display located in the center of your dash.
Audi is changing all of that with the Virtual Cockpit. By combining all of the latest information in a seamless TFT display in the gauge cluster, it’s making it easier than ever to enjoy your car.
By connecting to your phone, Audi’s Virtual Cockpit technology shows you the standard infotainment fare. Media, trip information, navigation and all the typical phone features are shown real time in your instrument cluster. Using steering wheel controls, you’d control your infotainment system much like any of the latest systems available today.
Where the new Virtual cockpit changes the rules in the two modes available from the get go. In classic or default view you will see a traditional cluster of gauges and information. In infotainment view however the engine vitals shrink to the corners, allowing you to open a navigation map or a variety of customizable features. Putting all of this on your instrument cluster by way of a large TFT screen powered is both innovative and forward thinking.
Powered by a quad-core processor and NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 technology, it’s a breathtaking way to enjoy your drive. While car infotainment systems are still evolving, the Audi integration just might be the new standard moving forward.