Car makers have in past few years focussed on simplifying car infotainment solution and making it more online and hi-Tech. We saw it last year in CES when Merce ,GM and Audi showed what they plan to do. Audi showed its A3 dashboard this year and best part of the showcase was its connected features.
We have listed features what Audi has to shows at this CES.
1)Connected Features : This was the standout feature of Audi 7 also and they displayed it here also . The display screen has the dedicated data connection into the car, enabling Google Earth integration into the navigation system. Just like in the A7, the A3′s dashboard showed Google Earth satellite imagery on its LCD. The menus took the same circular format as in the A7, but Audi has further refined this interface for better usability. It is easier to find points of interest in the A3′s navigation system, and Audi made it possible to use a free text search for locally stored music in the car.
2) Touch Wheel : Integrated onto the top surface of the rotary push button, used to access the navigation system and other functions, is a touch pad hooked into handwriting-recognition software. So when looking for directions in the U.K., rather than manually scrolling through the menu’s alphabet you simply use your finger to write “U” on the top of the rotary push button and the system takes you to the U listing. (The touch pad also has more conventional applications, such as tracking through a map using your fingers rather than the rotary push button.)
3)Processor : Powering the infotainment systems in the new A3 is an Nvidia Tegra 2 chip, a dual-core T20. This processor not only powers the different menus and Google Earth imagery, it also enables a 3D display of the car in the vehicle settings menu.
4)Phone Box : This is an amazing concept of the car. It’s a small console where you just put your phone and it will automatically gets connected the the cloud enabling your phone to connect to car infotainment device. The Phone Box is NFC enables . The Audi engineers are also working to enable wireless charging in this area and not only this they are developing wireless technology for better network connectivity .