Audi's next generation interior concept features large LED displays and haptic feedback
Darren Moss
6 January 2016

Audi has revealed a new interior concept at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The interior concept, billed as the next generation of Audi’s Human Machine Interface, and features large LED displays with haptic feedback and gesture control.

Audi says its new MMI controller can recognise familiar gestures of users and act on them to control infotainment functions. The concept is powered by the next generation of Audi’s Modular Infotainment Platform, dubbed MIB2+.

The new interior is a development of that seen on the e-tron quattro concept last year.

As well as its new interior functions, Audi has also revealed it is expanding its range of connected car services to include traffic sign recognition and hazard information, so that cars can communicate with each other to report accidents.

Speaking at CES, Audi’s vice president for electronic development Ricky Hudi said: “The interior of the future will radically alter the way our customers operate and experience things in the vehicle. We are developing our successful Audi virtual cockpit into the Audi virtual dashboard and creating an entirely new world of experience for our customers.

“In the future, the entire system will get to know the customer and their habits and preferences, then proactively support them.”

Audi has also shown a new version of its zFAS controller, which is used to govern autonomous driving functions. The zFAS controller gathers information from the car’s sensors, 3D cameras and radar system to interpret its surroundings.

The German manufacturer says it will be drawing on the HERE mapping service - which it acquired alongside BMW and Daimler in December last year - to help develop its autonomous functionality.

The first production car to receive Audi’s full range of autonomous technologies will be the new A8, which is due to appear in 2017.

Also announced at CES is the Audi Fit Driver scheme, in which users with smart wearable technology can be monitored by the car to detect stress and fatigue.

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3 December 2015
I'd be rather nervous about this autonomous driving technology from the VW group: With DSG, twin-charger engine, and now the emissions fiasco, they're becoming known for the quickest technical solutions, rather than the best developed ones.

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