Hands on: Audi A6 C7
15 September 2011 | 0
Here at ComputerScope Towers we don’t often get to sample the latest from the automotive world, those particular delights being far from our usual fare. But recently, we bucked that trend thanks to Audi Ireland, and its technology packed 2011 A6 C7 saloon.
The relentless march of progress has not overlooked the automotive sphere, and while we are all now familiar with such things as engine management, stability and traction control and even parking assist, there is now an increasing trend for the car to become an extension of the office.
Multi Media Interface
This has often resulted in clumsy platforms that sit on a seat and hold a printer or power a laptop, but Audi has taken the idea step further with its Multi Media Interface (MMI) system in its current range. The idea is that a simple to use, intuitive and integrated system gives control of all of the car’s major systems, from ride control, to information, entertainment and communication.
While this might still sound like traditional car fare of the last few years, it is in fact breaking some new ground that will be of interest to those who have to spend any length of time in a car, from commuting to getting to those important meetings or events, and wish they could be more productive.
The first major feature of note is that in the centre console under the arm rest is a 12v socket and dock connector. The dock connector is modular and can be specified for an iPod/iPad type or MicroUSB to suit a most mobile phones or non iOS smart devices. Secondly, there is full Bluetooth connectivity for mobile phones, which integrate with the MMI system to allow contacts, call logs and basic phone functions to be controlled through the car. Alternatively, there is a SIM card slot in the dashboard that allows the car to use its own 3G connectivity. This connectivity can be used for data services, such as the navigation system’s Google Maps services, traffic updates and more. But perhaps more importantly, it also allows whichever form of data connectivity the car has to be shared among other devices though Wi-Fi tethering.