Audi virtual cockpit

The instrument cluster of the future

This instrument panel puts everything directly in front of the driver’s eyes. The Audi virtual cockpit combines the functions of a central MMI monitor and conventional instrument cluster in one unique, 12.3-inch TFT display. All the functions and services are depicted using superb graphics with a 3D impression and detailed effects in brilliant clarity. At the same time, the driver has the choice of two views – the classic view or the “infotainment mode”.

The display differs depending on which option the driver selects. Whilst in classic view mode the circular instrument dials, i.e. the speedometer and rev counter, are more dominant, “infotainment mode” displays additional functions such as the navigation system, telephone, Audi connect and media more prominently. The displays for the outside temperature, time, mileage as well as warning and information symbols have a fixed position along the bottom edge of the cockpit in both modes.

The display modes of Audi virtual cockpit

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The focus here is on the speedometer and rev counter, with the infotainment functions being more in the background.

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“Infotainment mode”: The focus here is on additional information. The circular instrument dials are displayed significantly smaller – thus meaning more space for additional functions such as the navigation map and the lists of media titles.

Fast, reliable and fully digital

To display the contents quickly and reliably, Audi is the first automotive manufacturer to use the quadcore Tegra 30 chip from the Tegra 3 series from Nvidia. The graphics processor generates 60 frames per second and thus ensures that the needles of the speedometer and rev counter are displayed with absolute precision. The Audi virtual cockpit can display a wide range of information – from the graphics of the assistance systems to the images from the reversing camera through to dynamic vehicle animations.

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The joy of use: intuitive and smart user controls

When it comes to the user controls, joy of use plays an important role at Audi. By way of illustration, the Audi virtual cockpit is also being launched with a new, smart MMI control concept. This enables drivers on the one hand to enter commands via the multifunction steering wheel – the “View” button for example allows drivers to switch display modes. On the other hand, drivers can access the functions of the Audi virtual cockpit via the completely redesigned MMI.

* Virtual cockpit is available in selected models in the range only.