New Generation Audi MMI

Audi MMI III / Audi

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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 26th, 2008 9:00pm By Thami Masemola

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hilalth hilalth
waw that's amazing and i like this program
Jul 29th, 2008 10:19pm
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hilalth hilalth
waw that's amazing
Jul 29th, 2008 10:18pm
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unknownuser unknownuser
waw that's amazing
Jul 29th, 2008 8:08pm
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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?
Jul 28th, 2008 5:26pm
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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?
Jul 28th, 2008 4:03pm
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GranTurismo GranTurismo
I hope all this gizmo stuff does'nt get in the way of driving enjoyment.
Jul 28th, 2008 12:58am
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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.
Jul 27th, 2008 8:24am
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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.
Jul 27th, 2008 7:31am
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tho_schmitz tho_schmitz
My guess is that the 40 GB capacity is provided by 1,5" sub notebook drives, specially designed to resist shock, high and low extreme temperatures and humidity, etc. 2,5" drives with a capacity of up to 250 Gigs may not be robust enough. But as BMW now announced a 10" screen and 1.024 horizontal pixels for the new 7 series, the 8" 800 pixel Audi TFT is not state of the art (though the LED backlight is). Plus, even the new MMI does not provide any support to transfer contact and address information from cell phones into its adress book. I'd expect to have a speach command "take me to Jack as fast as possible" available with "Jack" beeing a cell phone's contact. For a brand new design, this is sort of poor... (Sorry for my poor English.) Greeetz, Thomas
Jul 28th, 2008 5:30pm
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alessandro alessandro
They designed "A true automobilist-oriented interior" for the common credulity. Of course Audi need big and fast Hard Drive.
Jul 29th, 2008 4:14am
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odysseus odysseus
can't understand that german - have you translated by google?
Jul 27th, 2008 6:04am
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alessandro alessandro
No I wrote it.
Jul 29th, 2008 1:41am
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alessandro alessandro
Audi. The interior is "sehr Automobilistisch Innenraum ist geschtellt" by his syle. "Ein PKW" gimmeabrake.
Jul 27th, 2008 3:26am
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