Audi Virtual Cockpit

Audi’s Virtual Cockpit lets you use technology as your co-pilot. The Virtual Cockpit is currently optional on several of Audi’s newest models, including the 2016 Audi TT Roadster. It will also be available on several 2017 vehicles—the , R8 sports car and the Q7 sports utility vehicle.

The Virtual Cockpit is the first technology of its kind and a milestone in the automobile’s evolution. Audi replaced the traditional mechanical dials, including the tachometer, gauges and speedometer with a 12.3-inch LCD screen. This screen houses an animated instrument cluster that almost looks like a video game.

Although some upscale car brands have introduced similar versions of this display, none have come close to having the functionality that Audi’s Virtual Cockpit possesses. Most are very basic, while the Virtual Cockpit by Audi offers a startling amount of information all in one convenient location—right in front of the driver’s eyes.

The 12.3-inch high-resolution screen is just over a foot wide and is located directly in the driver’s line of sight. It is located right behind the steering wheel and is backlit. The Virtual Cockpit offers a series of graphic and informational displays. There are two modes—infotainment view and classic view. The infotainment view can be personalized to show various functions, including media, radio, traffic data, Google Earth or your smartphone contacts list. The classic view shows the normal things that you would expect to see in the cockpit area, such as the engine revolutions, speed and gas level.

Safety and precision are two of the most important features of the Virtual Cockpit. That is why Audi designed the Virtual Cockpit with smart, intuitive controls. The menus, located on the screen, are designed to be accessed with just a click of a button. Depending upon the model, the driver will interact with Virtual Cockpit with either a wheel-type controller in the center console or with buttons located on the left side of the steering wheel. This design makes it easy to access the menus without taking your eyes off the road.

The Virtual Cockpit is powered by a powerful NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, which is a quad-core processor that is normally found in smartphones and tablets. The system is very responsive and quick. The high-resolution screen is fairly sharp and crisp. The high-quality graphics help reduce driver distraction from things like poor-quality hard-to-see maps and graphics that lag.

Audi’s Virtual Cockpit is an effective implementation of a smart idea and something that we would expect to see on many new cars in the future given its usefulness. Visit your nearest Audi dealer and take a new Audi for a test drive. Check out the Virtual Cockpit and experience for yourself this amazing new technology.

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