The MMI touch that Audi supplies together with the MMI navigation plus represents a pioneering new move. But the engineers are not resting on their laurels; they regard this achievement as an incentive to advance to the next level. The next touchpad generation will be appearing on the market in just over a year.
Whereas today’s pad takes the form of a separate operating panel on the center tunnel console, its successor will be closely incorporated into the MMI terminal – as the surface of the rotary pushbutton. The space saved will mean the system can also be made available in smaller vehicles. Meanwhile it will be even easier to operate because the right hand can remain in one place, increasing “joy of use”. The number of surrounding hard and softkeys will be reduced.
Nor will Audi be content with even this second evolutionary stage – its developers are already working on the third generation of the touchpad. Its dimensions will be slightly larger, integrating all MMI functions; the rotary pushbutton and the surrounding keys can be eliminated altogether.
As at present, the on-board display visualizes all operating steps along the paths through the menus. In parallel, they are displayed in an identical structure on the touchpad. Small sensor actuators beneath the top supply precisely defined, palpable signals and feedback – the user can quite literally feel all operating paths. Audi is already working on development of the third-generation touchpad and considering its adoption as a standard feature of future vehicle generations.
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