LAS VEGAS -- At last year's CES, the topic of driverless cars came up from Audi and Lexus, but it was largely talk. Just one year later, we are seeing real-world demonstrations of the technology. New platforms for app integration in cars were also on display, as was an exciting new trend, letting drivers get information and control some car functions with a smartwatch.
Audi and BMW, along with automotive suppliers Bosch and Valeo, demonstrated some driverless car technologies. Rather than a fully enabled autonomous vehicle that can drive across town by itself, these demonstrations focused on next-generation features … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Two years ago, Audi showed off the cabin tech of a new A3 model at CES, long before the actual car was revealed. The company repeats this strategy at CES 2014, showing what it calls the Virtual Cockpit of the 2015 TT, before that car gets its global debut.
The Virtual Cockpit represents a big redesign for Audi's cabin electronics interface, called the Multimedia Interface (MMI), and will end up in other models as they receive major updates.
One of the biggest changes for this new interface has Audi dropping physical gauges in favor of an … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- On the heels of the Open Auto Alliance announcement at CES 2014, Audi showed off its first use of Google's Android OS, the Audi Smart Display, a tablet integrated with Audi's in-vehicle infotainment system.
The tablet runs Android and uses an Nvidia Tegra 40 chip designed for automotive applications. The aluminum case and 10-inch screen are designed for use and storage in the car.
This tablet provides a clue as to how Audi's participation in the Open Auto Alliance will help it integrate Android devices.
Passengers in an Audi vehicle can use the tablet … Read more
Google has launched a partnership with carmakers General Motors, Audi, Honda, and Hyundai, as well as with chipmaker Nvidia, to bring the Android operating system to vehicles in 2014.
The group, called the Open Auto Alliance, aims to marry Android's widespread use and app support with openness and customization, according to the group's announcement Monday, the opening day of CES 2014.
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"The OAA is dedicated to a common platform that will drive innovation, and make technology in the car safer and more intuitive for everyone," the group said. … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- My first few times driving a car with adaptive cruise control, I nervously kept my foot hovering over the brake as I approached traffic ahead. Riding in Audi's A7, fitted with a test version of its Piloted Driving feature, was like that, but more so.
As Audi's autonomous driving technology is still under development, I wasn't in the driver's seat. I watched as a brave Audi staffer pushed a button, then took his hands off the wheel. The car used its forward-looking radars and laser to "see" traffic ahead, a windshield-mounted … Read more
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To highlight new technical development, including laser headlights, a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, and new cabin layout ideas, Audi will show off the Quattro Laserlight concept car during CES 2014.
This new concept is an evolution of the Audi Quattro concept, shown at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, and the Sport Quattro concept unveiled at last year's Frankfurt auto show. The body lines are similar to the previous concepts, but the new car shows off Audi's latest high-tech development.
For its namesake innovation, the Quattro Laserlight relies on laser diodes for its high-beam headlights. Audi says these diodes, while … Read more
As previously reported on CNET, Audi and Google are expected to announce a partnership at the upcoming CES 2014 in Las Vegas concerning the use of the Android operating system as an infotainment platform in vehicles.
In past years, Audi has used CES to show off its high-tech development, from the first look at the new dashboard and infotainment system for the Audi A3 to last year's display of components designed to enable autonomous vehicles. Although Audi issued a press release about the new Laserlight concept car it will unveil during CES this year, the expected Android announcement will … Read more
Google is reportedly hitting the road for its next battle with Apple for mobile OS market share.
The Web giant has teamed with automaker Audi to develop in-car entertainment and information systems based on the Android operating system, according to the Wall Street Journal. The aim of the partnership, which is expected to be announced next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, would allow for in-car integration of music and navigation apps currently available on smartphones, sources told the Journal.
The partnership is expected to generate a challenger to Apple's iOS in the Read more, which aims …