• The first fully-connected Audi vehicle offered in South Africa is the updated A4.
• Called Audi connect, it represents the digital connection between driver, vehicle, and infrastructure.
• Functions include safety and service; security and real-time infotainment functions.
The imminent arrival of the updated Audi A4 will usher in a first for the Ingostadt-based carmaker. The brand's Audi connect system brings real-time online connectivity to the driving experience with a host of features linking the car, driver and environment via the smartphone.
Connectivity to infotainment, entertainment, remote safety and service functions becomes a whole lot easier thanks to Audi Connect. It integrates structures that use online connectivity with the vehicle, to provide real-time information and multiple digital functions.
By using an embedded sim the A4 has access to the internet and can be used through the myAudi app. The Audi MMI (multimedia interface) and Audi virtual cockpit becomes the mechanic of use when navigating options.
Think of the myAudi app as central nervous system for Audi connect and allows digital access to the vehicle, anywhere and at any time. This is where the driver can access important vehicle information, manage data and configure and set up certain services.
Whenever needed the driver will be able to call up real-time information about the vehicle and keep an eye on the fuel level, range, service appointments, warning messages and other functions via the app.
Infotainment is a huge part of the driving experience, and with Audi Connect there is access to Live and integrated Google Earth navigation and traffic info. This allows the driver to easily plan trips through the myAudi app and send destinations and routes directly to the vehicle.
The live information around points of interests, traffic information and weather updates are also included.
Safety and services features will support the driver in the event of damage, breakdown or minor accidents. It will also inform the driver when a service is due is.
Audi connect will become available in its model range from October this year as part of a model year change to the product range, the system will not be available on the Q2, TT and R8 models.
Compiled by Sean Parker