MAKE/MODEL


YEAR


ARTICLES

-
www.flickr.com
This is a Flickr badge showing public photos and videos from cartype.com. Make your own badge here.
CT Broadcast
Cartype on Kindle
Cartype on Twitter

RSS RSS FEEDS

Subscribe to our web feeds:

 

The New MMI Generation from Audi

Top-Level Multimedia and Communication.
Filed under:  Technology
 
Comment(s): 3
 
 

Introducing a new generation of the market’s best system. Even higher performance and easier operation to make it's first appearance in the Audi A8 luxury sedan.


mmi 3g navigation 4

3D city model including textured buildings and places of interest.

Germany, Jul 21, 2008. Audi is increasing its lead in infotainment technology even further. A new generation of the MMI, the supreme solution for multimedia, communication and operation, has been announced. With a high-capacity hard disk, a DVD drive and fast processors, it is much more versatile and its performance is higher than ever before. The new MMI’s first appearance will be in the A8 luxury sedan, but before long it will also be available for two other model lines.

In 2002, when the Audi MMI (Multi Media Interface) was launched, journalists and the general public were unanimous: the new Audi concept was the best on the market. With its control knob on the center tunnel and large function keys to select the main operating areas, it was effortless to control, with self-evident logic that was repeated on the MMI display. Audio, TV, information, telephone and navigation – never before had the driver been able to control all these areas so intuitively.

MMI set new standards from the very start, and proved to be the yardstick the competitors had to equal. Its status was confirmed by many wins in comparative tests. The system was also adopted for the A6 and Q7 model lines, and for the new A4. In this area of technology, the brand with the four-ring emblem pioneered progress from the front.

Audi has been intensively developing every aspect of its MMI system. The full version, MMI navigation plus, is now a state-of-the-art high-end system. The basic operating principle has been retained, but the innovative joystick makes it even more convenient. This joystick is located on the central knob and can be moved in eight directions – with high precision and the sense of quality that the Audi driver expects.

Apart from the control terminal, the monitor screen is the second important interface between the system and its users. For the new MMI, Audi has provided a large TFT display measuring seven inches from corner to corner. It is located in an ergonomically favorable position high up on the center console. With the very high resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and LED backlighting, this monitor supplies an exceptionally sharp image with plenty of contrast. Even in poor light conditions, the colors are intense against the black background.

As before, there are elegant crossfades between the individual screen displays, an effect that makes the overall impression created by the graphics even more fascinating. If the driver alters the automatic air conditioning settings, the new ones appear in a small screen panel for several seconds. This pop-up window doesn't occupy very much space, so that the MMI user can still see the main screen content at any time.

3D map displays.
On the big screen, the stage is set for another of the new MMI system’s attractive innovations: the way that maps are presented when the navigation system is in use. The driver can choose between the conventional two-dimensional view and the new 3D images. These feature a birds-eye perspective of the map area, with plenty of carefully presented detail. As in an atlas, the various heights above sea level are shown in different colors, and the most important buildings in large cities appear in three dimensions.

Audi has extended many of the navigation system’s functions. For instance, additional detail maps are faded up at crossroads, with small extra arrows indicating the correct lane to follow. Whenever it seems sensible, the navigation system offers the driver a choice of three routes, including the one that’s likely to keep fuel consumption to a minimum.

If the driver uses voice input to load a destination into the navigation system, this can now be done without spelling out the individual letters. The new MMI understands complete words in a number of national languages. The same applies to the new high-performance telephone directory, which can store up to 5,000 entries each with five numbers for each user.

The technology used here is called “synthetic language”. In a studio, pairs of individual sounds – these are called “diphones” – are recorded and saved to part of the MMI's memory as data sets. High-speed software identifies them in the driver’s commands, combines them and compares the complete words with the term in the list, for instance “August Horch Strasse Ingolstadt”. The same synthetic language principle is used in reverse for the audible guidance instructions, which sound smooth and natural. The driver can choose between detailed or compact audible guidance modes.

Music and entertainment: the DVD drive.
In the entertainment area too, the latest Audi MMI sets new standards. It has an integral drive for video DVDs; the new joystick function on the control knob is especially practical for this. When played back with the optional sound systems, DVD soundtracks can be heard in Dolby Digital 5.1 multi-channel sound and other frequently used formats. For safety reasons, the picture is only displayed to the driver when the car is standing still. The system also plays music from CDs and SD cards, including those coded MP3, AAC and WMA. Additional technical modules have made the MMI even more attractive. The optional Audi Music Interface makes a perfect connection with an mp3 player, for instance the customer's iPod. The complete menu structures and contents appear on the MMI display, and control is at the MMI terminal or the multifunctional steering wheel. A universal socket in the glove box and an adapter can be used to connect various players with a USB interface, and analog audio and video equipment.

Another audio highlight is the option of DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) reception. Digital radio signals are far superior to the analog standard in quality. Audi always uses a DAB double tuner in the MMI. This concept has the advantage that the DAB reception frequency can be changed without any interruption. One tuner receives the music signal, while the second searches continuously for alternative frequencies on which the same program is being broadcast. If a changeover takes place, it takes only a fraction of a second. Another advantage is that the list of stations is continuously updated.

The MMI system's modular structure makes it possible to integrate a CD changer and an analog/digital TV tuner. Audio quality is assured by a choice of sound systems. The top version in the Audi A8 comes as before from the Danish manufacturer Bang & Olufsen. With its rich, subtly differentiated sound spectrum and extended treble response from the tweeters, it provides pure delight for the ears.

The telephone is even more convenient to use with the new MMI. Using a Bluetooth chip, the system can fully integrate customers’ cell phones that support the SIM access profile. The MMI phone is ready for action as soon as the ignition key is inserted. It reads data from the SIM card and the memory into the A8's own memory, then shuts the cell phone down completely. Telephone operation via the car’s antenna is the key to optimal reception quality. A digital voice processor ensures the best hands-free quality; voice outputs are through the car’s sound system.

In the background: concentrated hi-tech.
The fantastic selection of functions that the new MMI offers is backed by hi-tech in concentrated form. The "main unit" computer is installed in the center console, and integrates all the functions that were previously performed by five separate units, including the DVD drive. One of its key components is the hard disk; 10 GB of its 40 GB capacity can be used as a jukebox, to store up to 4,000 tracks, all sorted for easy access. The hard disk also contains navigation data and an electronic logbook for the car.

Two processors, an 800 MHz chip and a 500 MHz digital signal processor, allow all applications – navigation, voice input, telephone and audio functions – to operate simultaneously, although each of them needs high performance from the computer. Using the 3D graphics processor from Californian 3D chip manufacturer Nvidia gives the MMI access to the third dimension. Audi has used this chip’s outstanding performance with graphics for the first time to provide a genuine 3D map display – a "digital topographical model". With this processor, the screen display sets new standards: it is attractive, with high resolution and presentation quality, smooth animation and crossfading.

A second block, the "radio unit", combines the tuner and sound system functions. A central interface connects the two units with the rest of the car’s network. All the new MMI components have been developed to comply with strict specifications issued by Audi in Ingolstadt. Audi's quality standards are as stringent as they always were. This is important because in-car operation, with extreme temperatures and vibration, imposes severe stresses on the electronics.

The new MMI will extend Audi's lead over its competitors. It can be ordered as of now for the A8 luxury sedan, and will be available before long in the Audi A6 and then in the new Audi Q5 performance SUV.

(source: Audi )


mmi 3g navigation 3

3D exit view with lane recommendation and direction indications.

mmi 3g navigation 2

Route information with nearby points of interest.

mmi 3g navigation 1

3D map with topographical modeling and different colors for different altitudes.

mmi 3g ipod 1

MMI 3G Navigation operation of the Jukebox/iPod.

mmi 3g ipod 2

MMI 3G Navigation typical Jukebox/iPod screen.

mmi 3g ipod 3

iPod at the MMI 3G Navigation Audi music interface.

nav in car

iPod connection in Audi cars. Artist, track and album are displayed on the MMI monitor and can be selected via the control and function keys.

mmi operating system

MMI operating system.

mmi lab

Virtual driving simulator of the MMI laboratory.

mmi lab 2

Audi Driver environment - MMI laboratory.

operation

The Audi Driver environment - Arrangement of control and display elements.

audi logo 1

Audi four rings logo.

RELATED ARTICLES
Audi   Named after August Horch, whose family name would be "Audi" in Latin.
Audi related emblems   
Audi S-Line   The S line offers significant optional upgrades to the Audi range.
Audi RS-Line   Audi introduced the RS line via a collaboration with Porsche.
Audi brochures   
Audi ads   
Audi commercials   
Audi exhibits   
Audi A3 Cabriolet : 2008   
Audi Lemans : 2004   Supposedly the 911/360 Modena competitor.
Audi Locus : 2007   
Audi Nuvolari : 2003   
Audi R8 Roadster : 2007   
Audi Rosemeyer Silver Arrow : 2000   This is a striking vehicle.
Audi TT ClubSport Quattro : 2008   No roof.
Audi TT Shooting Brake : 2005   Star of the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show.
Audi KTM Roadster : 2006   Audi planning "baby" TT to rival Lotus.
Audi Avus Quattro : 1991   
Audi Allroad : 2005   Concept.
Audi A1 : 2007   Concept Appeared at the 2007 Tokyo Auto Show.
Audi Avant in 2015   Students Imagine an Audi Evolution.
Audi R-Zero : 2006   
Audi Steppenwolf : 2000   The attributes of a sport coupe and an off-road vehicle.
Audi TT Speedster scooped   
Audi A3 TDI Clubsport Quattro : 2008   Diesel is now officially hip.
Audi Q7 : 2006   The performance SUV.
Audi Q7s : 2006   Audi Q7 S Line Debut at 2005 Essen show.
Audi Type-D concept : 2008   Designed by Lukas Vanek.
Audi R8 Book   Wins the international TDC Award.
Audi RSQ : 2004   
Audi Avantissimo : 2001   A new form of dynamism and luxury
Audi Roadjet : 2006   
Audi Cross Cabriolet : 2007   Shown at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Audi Cross Coupe : 2007   
Audi R8 v12 : 2008   Perfection.
Audi S4 Avant : 2004   
Audi S4 (8E) : 2005   Silk (with a kick) on wheels.
Audi R8 v8 : 2008   The maximum number of cars that can be built in one day is 15.
Audi A6 : 2004   A new face in the business class.
Audi A8L : 2004   
Audi S4 : 2005   The Audi Facelift.
Audi RS4 : 2005   New dimensions in driving dynamics.
Audi S4 25quattro : 2005   Only 250 will be made.
Audi S8 : 2006   
Audi Art Car   Created by Brazilian-born Pop artist Romero Britto.
Audi Tailormade   
Audi wins "Yellow Angel"   First place in the AutoMarxX.
Audi TT by Hofele   
Audis all wet   
Audi RS3 : 2006   
Audi TT Quattro Sport : 2005   Dynamic and light
Audi TTS Roadster : 2008   2008 is the 10th anniversary of the Audi TT.
Audi A2 : 1999   World''s first volume-production aluminium car.
Audi S3 : 2007   Dynamism and driving pleasure.
Audi A3 Sportback : 2006   Driving pleasure in a new guise.
Audi A6 Allroad : 2006   
Audi A6 Avant : 2005   A new chapter to the success story of the Avant.
Audi S3 : 2008   
Audi TT Roadster : 2008   
Audi S4 Convertible : 2005   From zero to breathless
Audi TT Special Edition : 2006   Only 99 will be built.
Audi S5 : 2008   
Audi TTS : 2009   2008 is the 10th anniversary of the Audi TT.
Audi TT Coupe : 2005   Classic!
Audi RS4 Cabriolet : 2008   Limited to 300 in the US.
Audi TT ClubSport Quattro : 2008   Open-top driving machine with over 300 hp
Audi TT Motorist Choice Award   
Audi miscellaneous   
Audi Imperator : 1929   145 built, the only in existence.
Audi Type P : 1931   
Audi 2008 September Sales   A decrease of 5.4% from last year’s figures.
Audi A4 Earns Highest Federal Crash Test Rating   Wins the 5-Star safety label for frontal, side and rollover crashes.
Audi A3 : 2009   To launch in the USA in the Fall of 2008.
Audi S4 Avant : 2010   Deliveries of the top-class athletes from Audi begin in March of 2009.
Audi to Expand Audio Offerings with HD Radio™ Technology   HD Radio units will be standard on many Audi vehicles for the 2011 model year.
Audi A5 Wins 2009 Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year Recognition   The A5 coupe won the award for luxury “on road” vehicles
Audi sets prices for the all-new 2009 TTS Coupe and TTS Roadster   
Audi Production Characterized by Uncompromising Perfection   Strict quality-consciousness.
Audi October 2008 sales   Up 0.3% for October.
Audi Q5 gets the "Golden Steering Wheel"   With its 17th Golden Steering Wheel, Audi leads all-time ranking.
Audi Models Now Network With Other Brands   Innovations will enhance traffic safety.
Audi A4L : 2009   Exclusively for the Chinese market.
Audi Sales Satisfaction Growth Outpaces Industry   Audi posts largest ranking gain, moving up six spots from 2007 to 2008.
Audi Q7 Coastline   Avant-garde contribution at Design Miami 2008
Audi S5 Cabriolet : 2010   World debut at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show.
Audi to Advertise During Super Bowl XLIII Broadcast   
Audi Q3 : 2010   
Audi promotes “Intelligent Emotion” project   With eleven radical concepts.
Audi TT RS Coupe : 2009   A Pure Driving Machine developing 340 bhp.
Audi Q7 : 2009   
Audi Quattro Spyder : 1991   
Audi TT RS Roadster : 2009   A Pure Driving Machine developing 340 bhp.
Audi Q5 : 2009   
Audi R8 V10 sets pace by raising $500,000 in charity auction   
Audi Sportback : 2009   Debuts at the 2009 North American International Automobile Show.
Audi Next Generation MMI   The top-level multimedia and communication.
Audi crowned year’s most improved brand   91 awards worldwide in 2008.
Audi schedules six days of reduced work hours   
Audi's new Super Bowl ad, "Chase"   Defines luxury for the new era.
Audi increases growth in China by 17 percent in 2008   Around 120,000 vehicles sold in China.
Audi RS5 peek   
Audi Recognized for Design Excellence   At Prestigious EyesOn Design Awards at the 2009 NAIAS.
Audi 2008 December Sales   Record market share increases for December and all of 2008.
LINKS
Audi   Official site.
 
 
COMMENTS
nk1579 days ago

i have a 2010 audi a5 with the navigation package, but doesnt have hd radio.

is there a way to retrofit the mmi to include whatever module is now found in audi models (2011 a5) to get hd radio?

Atash1382 days ago

frankly, I would take a used V8 R8 any day of the week. Chassis balance, weight, and sheer good exterior and interior design are more usable and appreciated every day than an "extra" hundred or so horsepower that is hardly ever used on public streets anyway.

Hannu Soini1 day ago

I wonder from where I could get this unit to replace my Bose navigation system I have in the old 2008 Audi RS4 Avant. Does Audi sell the package as such and is there any 3rd party versions to install? Hopeing for a good advice! thank you in advance.

POST A COMMENT
Name
URL
Email
Comment
HTML tags allowed: <a> <em> <strong> <blockquote>
Spambots begone
ABOUT EDITORS CONTACT

CARTYPE STORE


Audi Automobil Werne
(Posters)
$99
-
Advertise on Cartype
-
Twitter Facebook Vimeo YouTube Flavors.me Flickr Kindle
-
-
Joes Car Shipping
DIVIDER_large
Mototype
-

CARTYPE STORE

Go Faster. The Graphic Design of Racing Cars. Cars That Matter Italian Racing Red Car Design Yearbook 1
-
-

NOTICE

Much of the material on this website is copyrighted. Original articles appearing herein are subject to copyright. Please don't copy stuff from the site without asking; it may belong to someone! Any trademarks appearing on this site are the sole property of the registered owners. No endorsement by trademark owners is to be construed. The products, brand names, characters, related slogans and indicia are or may by claimed as trademarks of their respective owners. Every effort has been made whenever possible to credit the sources. The use of such material falls under the Fair Use provisions of intellectual property laws.