Everything in view, directly in front of the driver - The Audi virtual cockpit, a fully digital instrument cluster, is completely driver-focused. The 12.3-inch TFT display depicts all the information in razor-sharp, brilliantly clear and high-contrast quality.

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

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

"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.

Highlights of the new MMI

The exceptional user-friendliness is a particularly notable characteristic of the new MMI. The MMI touch now also recognizes multi-touch gestures, thus facilitating for example scrolling and zooming in lists and on maps. What is more, drivers can use the rotary controller like a joystick. A gentle nudge to the left is all it takes to open the function menu. Nudging it to the right opens context-sensitive options rather like right-clicking the mouse on a computer.
To simplify the controls even further, the engineers at Audi have reduced the number of function buttons next to the rotary controller from four down to just two. To ensure that drivers can find the right information very quickly in the infotainment system, Audi has incorporated the MMI search facility. Altogether, these features combine to produce what is a smart and intuitive control concept.

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