Audi Releases Third Generation of MMI

Back in 2002 Audi released an in car multimedia system called MMI that, at the time, was considered by many to be one of the most user friendly in car systems on the market. Since then, they have redesigned the system twice, both times giving it even more features and goodies. The most recent version, MMI III, promises to be the most user-friendly and advanced system yet.

The most noticeable feature is the upgraded 7-inch TFT screen boasting a resolution of 800x400 and an LED backlight. From there, you can access all of the menus and features of the MMI III. The system uses a 40GB hard drive to store logbook entries and SATVAV information. Up to 10GB can be allocated to store you favorite driving music. There is also room for up a phonebook that can hold up to 2,000 entries.

The GPS system also gets a substantial upgrade in the form of a new NVIDIA graphics card. The beefed up graphics make it possible to display 3D images of the surrounding landscape, or buildings if you are in the city. If you prefer a more traditional 2D map, you can change the default setting with the click of a mouse. The GPS can also highlight points of interest by making them stand out from surrounding buildings or structures as can be seen in the image above.

Traditional navigation is displayed on the screen, as well as nearby points of interest such as fuel stations, hotels or restaurants. The GPS system will also provide a 3D rendering when you are entering or exiting a highways.

The system uses an 8-direction miniature joystick located directly behind the gear selector. Point and click capability should offer greater accuracy while driving without compromising safety. If you prefer to keep both hands on the wheel, voice activation has also been tossed into the mix that can now recognize complete words and phrases, as opposed to previous generations that required spelling out destinations and certain commands.

As with most new infotainment systems, Bluetooth will be a standard feature, as will the ability to watch movies from both DVDs and SD cards. An auxiliary jack makes it possible to hook up your iPod or other MP3 player, while a USB jack can be used to transfer navigation data and phonebook entries.

The system will first been seen on the new Audi Q5 and eventually make its way to other models from there.

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