Audi to Include Tegra-Powered Infotainment Systems in Select Vehicles This Year


Audi to Include Tegra-Powered Infotainment Systems in Select Vehicles This Year


If you are an Audi enthusiast and in the market for a new Audi, you are in for a treat. Audi today announced they would be including the MMX computing module based on the NVIDIA Tegra Visual Computing Module in select models starting in 2013. This latest iteration of the Audi MIB will enhance Audi connect, permitting the live updating of satellite imagery for both Google Earth and Google Map Street View.  Audi drivers with the new NVIDIA Tegra hardware will be able to see 360° street panoramas as well as pull up real-time gas prices, the latest weather forecasts and Google-powered POI searches.  All this will substantially enhance the driving experience,  giving owners some serious techie street cred and something more interesting to obsess about than texting while driving.

A large bonus of the more modular VCM is that moving forward, Audi will be able decouple the slower vehicle electronics updates from the much more rapid advances in processing power, thereby permitting speedier updates to in-vehicle systems.

According to Mathias Halliger, head of architecture, MMI system at Audi. “The new modular approach allows us an independent evolution of automotive-cycle and consumer-electronics-cycle multimedia systems so that we can implement the latest and greatest innovations that allow the best possible customer experience with infotainment in the vehicle.” The system is currently available in Audi A3s in Europe, and will appear in Asia later this year, with Canada and the United States receiving the systems in 2014.

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A senior software tester and network admin for a small hi-tech multimedia company that produces a number of online applications for several tech giants. Bryan got his professional start in PC technology when he discovered research PhDs in his second job out of college were not very computer savvy. The one upshot of working in that lab is that he met his future wife there, a fellow science geek as well. Bryan has been hooked on computers since his Commodore 64 days, when absurd amounts of was spent entering pages on machine language code for equally absurd simple games. Back in 2005 Bryan received an Axim X51v as a Christmas gift and he has been fiddling with mobile tech ever since. He recently joined the legions of iPhone enthusiasts where phones are concerned, but has dabbled with Blackberry, WebOS and Windows Phone OSes as well. When not busying himself with tech-oriented tasks Bryan likes spend time cooking (he has over 90 cookbooks, yet still jumps on the internet to find culinary info), reading, working in his garden, calligraphy, and spending time with his wife, two sons, two cats and a miscellaneous dog.