Στη CES, μαζί με το εσωτερικό του νέου TT, η Audi σε συνεργασία με την NVIDIA παρουσίασε ένα tablet το οποίο θα μπορεί να ενσωματωθεί στα μοντέλα της.
Το tablet ονομάζεται Audi Smart Display και μπορεί να συνεργαστεί με το υπόλοιπο σύστημα του αυτοκινήτου. Έχει 10,2″ 1080p οθόνη, φορά λειτουργικό Android, έχει WLAN, κάμερα και επεξεργαστή Tegra 4 ενώ παραμένει άγνωστο, το αν και το πότε θα περάσει στη παραγωγή.
Παράλληλα στο Las Vegas η Audi ανακοίνωσε και ένα νέο mobility project, το Audi Urban Future Initiative, το οποίο προσομοιώνει λύσεις κινητικότητας για τρεις τύπους μετακινούμενων.
NEW AUDI TABLET PUTS IN-CAR ENTERTAINMENT IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND
Portable Audi Smart Display unveiled at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas links seamlessly to systems both in and out of Audi models
- Audi Smart Display demonstrated in prototype form at this month’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, USA
- Tablet interfaces with infotainment and navigation systems and can display car’s operating status
- Connects to the internet at ultra-fast LTE speeds via WLAN connection – gives access to over 950,000 apps plus books, movies etc
- Brushed aluminium casing, 10.2-inch full-HD display, Android operating system, powerful NVIDIA Tegra 40 processor
Audi has applied its world-renowned flair for technological innovation to the development of a new portable tablet that could open up a wealth of new possibilities for networking between the car, its driver and the Internet.
Shown in prototype form at this month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, USA, the Audi Smart Display slickly combines the latest technology from the consumer electronics world with the robustness and reliability of a component designed specifically for automotive use. With a 10.2-inch full-HD display encased in brushed aluminium, the portable tablet can facilitate access to, and operation of, the car’s infotainment system, but its capabilities also extend far beyond this.
Through a secure and stable WLAN interface, and via the very familiar Android operating system, the Smart Display can connect seamlessly with the car and enrich it with the state-of-the-art computing and graphics power of its Nvidia Tegra 40 processor.
Passengers in the front or rear seats can use the touchscreen to control the radio, media and navigation systems, and also call up data on the car’s operating status. Equally importantly they can also enjoy access to the Internet at optimal Long Term Evolution (LTE) speeds – which significantly outpace more familiar broadband connections – via the Audi connect system.
Via the Smart Display passengers have access to more than 950,000 apps plus movies, music, audio books and eBooks through Google Play, the Android app store.
The unit’s internal storage serves as an audio and video jukebox, but the Audi Smart Display can also receive video from the MMI navigation plus system. One notable advantage of its portability is that a film that could not be watched in full on a particular journey can be resumed back at home in the living room at the exact point where it was paused in the car.
The Smart Display uses the Audi sound system to play back sound in perfect quality. External headphones can also be connected via Bluetooth or a standard headphone jack. The Smart Display also supports NFC (near field communication) technology, making it particularly easy to connect to Bluetooth headphones and mobile devices in general. Thanks to its integrated camera the Smart Display can also be used for Skype video calls.
The Audi Smart Display was systematically developed for use in cars – it can easily withstand extremes of temperature and its robust hardware makes it crash-proof – but it also means that for the first time the innovative technology that is synonymous with the Vorsprung durch Technik brand can now touch many other areas of life.
Audi Urban Future Initiative at the International CES electronics fair
- Interactive model simulates mobility solutions for three types of commuter
- Chairman of the executive board Rupert Stadler announces the first participants in the Audi Urban Future Award 2014
How many minutes will I spend stuck in a hold-up today? How long will it take me to find a parking space? Commuters all over the world ask questions like this – among them more than 330,000 people who commute daily to work in the city center of Boston. The population of Boston increases during the day by 41 percent – a huge challenge for its transportation systems. At the International CES in Las Vegas (6 to 10 January 2014), the Audi Urban Future Initiative shows on the basis of research results how commuters move through the city and provides an outlook on how technologies can contribute to efficient and comfortable travel from A to B.
By means of an interactive exhibit in the form of a futuristic city model, the Audi Urban Future Initiative highlights the needs of commuters in large cities. The facts behind it come from the City Dossier Boston, a research project by Audi and the architecture office Höweler + Yoon, winners of the Audi Urban Future Award 2012. The results can be applied to other large cities, too. Specifically, the team of the Initiative analyzed bottlenecks in the traffic network and derived visionary solutions from its findings. Visitors to CES can adopt the perspective of three representative types of commuter and experience how technologies can give the Road Warrior, the Straphanger and the Reverse Commuter access to smoothly operating mobility in the future.
The Road Warrior lives in a suburb and commutes by car to a workplace in the city center. On arrival there, the time-consuming search for a parking space begins. The CES exhibit demonstrates, for example, the added value of piloted parking for this type of commuter: The car is left in front of a parking garage and the driver starts the process of parking using a smartphone. While the Road Warrior is already walking the last yards to the office, the cars parks itself autonomously – at a minimum distance to the other vehicles, as the driver’s door can now remain closed. Equally, a safety margin in the distance to other parked cars is also superfluous. The city, too, benefits from this technology, as the efficient handling of parking places creates free space that can be greened, for example.
The Straphanger also lives outside the city and commutes into the center. For the journey, Straphangers use several means of transport, which are scheduled in minute detail: First they go by car to a park & ride area, where they change to public transportation. The last part of the route is covered on foot. The interfaces between these different steps have to interconnect seamlessly. For this kind of commuter, maximum comfort is the decisive element. Today already, Audi drivers can see bus and train connections in the surrounding area on a display via Audi connect.
The Reverse Commuter lives in the city center and travels to work outside it – against the flow and usually without hold-ups. In the evening, close to home in the inner city, things get difficult. Tired out by traffic lights and rush-hour traffic, Reverse Commuters begin their daily search for somewhere to park in the evening. The car manufacturer Audi is working on, for example, ways of taking the strain off the driver in stressful situations like this: Piloted driving in city traffic would allow the automobile to navigate the streets on its own. This is an exciting prospect, and only one of many taken from the CES exhibit. Thanks to films and visualizations, visitors to CES can see how future technologies such as those from Audi’s preliminary development projects can have a sustained influence on urban mobility.
“Across the globe, cities are growing extremely rapidly. Our technologies can make a contribution to meeting the requirements of mobility in megacities. Audi connect, Car-to-X, piloted parking and piloted driving are just a few of the forward-looking solutions where we are pressing ahead with the networking of the automobile and the city. I am convinced that in future even more than today, the car will enter into an intelligent relationship with the city,” says Rupert Stadler, chairman of the executive board of AUDI AG.
The Audi Urban Future Award promotes a dialog with experts and researchers in the fields of urban planning, architecture and urbanism, and provides new impulses for the debate about mobility in cities of the future. From 16 December 2013 to 5 January 2014, interested persons could vote online to choose the US team for the Audi Urban Future Award 2014. The question posed by the competition for the Award is: How far can data serve as planning tools for urban mobility? On the evening before the International CES, Professor Rupert Stadler announced the winners Philip Parsons, urban planner and founder of Sasaki Strategies, and Federico Parolotto, mobility expert and principal of Mobility in Chain and their proposals (read more at http://audi-urban-future-initiative.com/blog). Thus the first of four contributions to the Audi Urban Future Award 2014 has now been established.
The Audi Urban Future Award is held every two years, in 2014 for the third time. The competition began in 2010 with visionary proposals for urban mobility. The Award 2012 showed mobility scenarios in five metropolitan regions worldwide. With the aim of making the Initiative even more specific, the Award 2014 turns its attention to feasibility studies in the framework of existing urban planning projects. In October 2014 Audi will present the Audi Urban Future Award and prize money of 100,000 euros for the best proposals.