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Audi Updates Connected Services with Google Street View

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by Ross Darby December 2011
  • Uses cell phone's data plan to connect to internet
  • Can grab music off of phone's media player over wireless connection
  • Street View offers point-of-view navigation

Audi Connect, Audi's internet-connected infotainment system, has always been a technological showcase. By simply placing a data-plan-equipped SIM card (from T-Mobile in the US) into a slot on the dash, the car had its own dedicated internet connection.

The MMI-based system could grab local weather information, sports scores, and even give full satellite imagery of the car's drive route from Google Maps. But that was just about the extent of it, unless you're a passenger hooked into the car's shared Wi-Fi network. But now Audi has updated its Connect package, and some of the features don't even require the driver to surrender the SIM card from their phone to put it into the dash.

Using a new app called "Audi Music Stream" on their smartphone, a driver or passenger can load up thousands of internet radio stations on the system, to be streamed from the car's internet connection. If there's nothing good on, the app will also grab locally stored music from the driver's phone and play it through the full stereo system.

And for those of us that navigate a bit better by landmarks than street names, the new Audi Connect system offers help here, too. When a navigation route is loaded into the system, it not only grabs high-resolution satellite imagery from Google Maps, but now the Street View information from along the route as well. This means that the driver can see exactly how the route will look when driving through it, rather than a bird's eye view. It all comes through as high-resolution imagery, so no squinting is needed to approximate, either, nothing can be done about the bus that blocked the Street View car from an optimal picture, though.

It's all very good updates to an already-stellar system, and will offer a better navigation experience with the added benefit of music from your favorite stations, no matter where you and your Audi are.

What it means to you:

Internet radio offers the ability to listen to your favorite station from home, no matter where you currently are, and Street View navigation means you'll know what your destination looks like, before you even get there.

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