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 New Generation Audi MMI
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Someday we’ll be driving computer chips and watching Powerpoint presentations on our in-car plasma screens. The latter is already well under way. Audi aims to be at the very edge of this in-car infotainment revolution and has MMI II to prove it. Launched in 2002, MMI (Multi Media Interface) was hailed as being more user-friendly than BMW’s iDrive system, although MMI has considerably many more buttons than iDrive, which sort of defeats the whole purpose of trying to simplify in-car function operations.

A new version of MMI will now be offered immediately with A8, later A6 and then Q5. Improvements to MMI are quite numerous. A new TFT display with a resolution of 800x480 with LED background applies. The system comes with a 40GB hard drive, 10GB of which can be used to store music like in a jukebox – if you’re younger than 25 you may not know what I’m talking about here – the rest of which stores log book and satnav information. Speaking of satnav, the display can now show images in 3D using an Nvidia graphics processor which makes it even more realistic for the desperate traveller. This time under 25s will know exactly what I’m referring to as far as Nvidia is concerned. The highest-equipped version of MMI II is a B&O branded system. Other “normal” applications include Bluetooth which can be paired with your cell phone for that hands-free requirement, a USB port, auxiliary jack for portable MP3 players as well as the TV function where offered.

Source: Audi
Published Jul 26, 2008 2:00 pm By Thami Masemola

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Comments (14)

 hilalth hilalth
waw that's amazing and i like this program
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July 29, 2008 3:19 pm
 hilalth hilalth
waw that's amazing
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July 29, 2008 3:18 pm
waw that's amazing
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July 29, 2008 1:08 pm
 wisp wisp
If you take that steering wheel and replace it with a BMW wheel, this cabin will look very BMWish. What has happened to the understated look?
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July 28, 2008 10:26 am
 Nurchus Nurchus
Hmm...more electronics means more weight, which in turn leads to far more problems occuring during the life of the car. What ever happened to the simple design of cars to just enjoy without all the complexities of needless electronics?
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July 28, 2008 9:03 am
 GranTurismo GranTurismo
I hope all this gizmo stuff does'nt get in the way of driving enjoyment.
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July 27, 2008 5:58 pm
 BabyMilo BabyMilo
i think that all cars should have interfaces in our days... even the simplest of cars like the smart or fiesta (dont ask about the examples just the first 2 that poped into my head) and not just more premium ones. now i know some economy cars have interfaces but they all should.
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July 27, 2008 1:24 am
 pscs pscs
The english doesn't make sense either... "gimmeabrake" I suppose it's "give me a break" anyway i think it's time to put computers into cars... and why the 40GB Hard drive? why not something like a 160 or 250 GB? I guess these systems are already in the making years ago (just like those recently released BMW 7 series sketches done in 2003) and they've already ordered stockpiles of hard drives... because I just realised that downloading so many podcasts everyday needs a lot of space.
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July 27, 2008 12:31 am
 odysseus odysseus
can't understand that german - have you translated by google?
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July 26, 2008 11:04 pm
 alessandro alessandro
Audi. The interior is "sehr Automobilistisch Innenraum ist geschtellt" by his syle. "Ein PKW" gimmeabrake.
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July 26, 2008 8:26 pm