HERNDON, VA--(Marketwired - Apr 16, 2014) -
- Smartphone App enhances navigation and infotainment features
- Picture Destinations allows users to send geo-coded photos from their smartphone to their in-vehicle navigation system
- Music Stream provides access to over 7,000 broadcast internet radio stations from around the world through the MMI interface
Owners of the all-new 2015 Audi A3 can now use their smartphone to enhance their ownership experience* with the Audi MMI® connect App. The App will synch directly with the available MMI® Navigation plus to elevate features both in and outside the car.
"This is the most advanced driver companion app Audi has ever launched," said Anupam Malhotra, Senior Manager, Connected Vehicles for Audi of America. "The Audi connect Smartphone App features intuitive technology and easy-to-use features that not only increase functionality, but make the ownership experience fun and even more enjoyable."
The MMI® connect App also works alongside owners' existing myAudi accounts (my.AudiUSA.com). Key features include:
With functionality supported by Google Maps™, drivers can search for a destination in advance, send that destination to their car via myAudi, and program it in the MMI® Navigation system. The App also allows them to browse contacts or calendar entries for address details and send them to the car.
With Picture destinations, drivers don't even need an address. They can select any geo-coded picture from an existing picture album on their smartphone, or take a new picture on the spot, and send it to their car. Once in the car, drivers can browse through the photos and navigate to the destination where the photos were taken. This feature also makes it very convenient to drive to a friend or family member -- friends and family simply send a geo-coded picture from their location and the App can be used to upload the image to the vehicle.
When a passenger's smartphone is connected to the MMI® system over the in-car Wi-Fi, it's possible to access thousands of web radio stations, as well as any music stored on their smartphone. Using the MMI interface, vehicle occupants can browse top stations, select from their favorite radio stations, or go through playlists on their device. For passengers, the App offers additional functionality including radio station selection by genre, topic, country, or language, as well as free-text searches and storing favorites. These features are available once the smartphone is connected to the MMI® system over the available Wi-Fi. The App can also be used outside a vehicle to listen to web-radio (home, office, etc.).
Thanks to Car finder, drivers can access their vehicle location through the App. When their smartphone is connected to the in-vehicle Wi-Fi, the MMI® connect App makes a note of where the car is parked, allowing drivers to easily navigate back to it from wherever they might be. The Car finder feature also allows users to take a photo of where they parked, which is stored with their vehicle location, to help recall area markers, garage levels, or other important information.
The App is available for download on the iTunes store. An Android version will be available in the near future. To view videos that illustrate the functionality of the MMI® connect App, please visit: http://youtu.be/yzmB6GQkFY8
Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. The Audi Group delivered 1,575,500 vehicles to customers globally in 2013, and broke all-time company sales records for the 4th straight year in the U.S. Through 2018, AUDI AG will invest about $30 billion on new products, facilities and technologies. Visit www.audiusa.com or www.audiusanews.com for more information regarding Audi vehicles and business topics.
Do not use this application while driving. Always pay careful attention to the road, and do not drive while distracted. The features and technologies discussed are optional, may require an additional subscription with separate terms and conditions, and should be used only when it is safe and appropriate. The Wi-Fi hotspot feature is intended for passenger use only.
This app requires your mobile device to have an active data connection, and your vehicle to have an active Audi connect subscription. Standard data rates may apply when using the app. Consult with your mobile device carrier for more details.
Model Year 2015 or later Audi A3 family vehicle with optional MMI® Navigation plus with Audi connect, and an active Audi connect subscription.