Audi also offers customers of the new A6 series* a wide range of infotainment choices. The MMI radio with eight speakers is standard. The first step up is the MMI radio plus, which includes the 180-watt Audi sound system, voice control, the Audi music interface, a Bluetooth interface and a monochrome display for the driver information system. The next level is MMI navigation, which supplements the MMI radio plus with a navigation function that gets its data from a memory card. Both of these expansion stages include the electrically retractable MMI monitor with a screen diagonal of 6.5 inches.
The top-of-the-line MMI navigation plus with MMI touch draws on the computing power of the Audi modular infotainment platform (MIB). It comprises the Radio Car Control Unit for the triple tuner and sound system with the MMX board (Multi-Media eXtension). The board integrates – along with the working and flash memory – a super-fast processor from Audi’s partner Nvidia. This processor is responsible for all online, media, voice control, navigation and telephone features.
The second-generation MIB used in the new A6 family is equipped with the cutting-edge Tegra 30 processor from Nvidia. This quad-core chip boasts a clock speed of over one GHz and performs some eight billion computations per second. It works together with a specialized 3D graphics program that generates sophisticated animations and images. A DVD drive, two card readers, a Bluetooth interface, the Audi music interface, 64 GB of flash storage (ten GB of which for music) and the high-resolution, eight-inch monitor round out the list of features for the MMI navigation plus.
Even easier to use: the new MMI touch
The MMI touch is another system highlight. The driver writes letters and numbers on the screen with his or her finger to enter a destination or telephone number. The system provides acoustic feedback after each character so that the driver’s eyes can stay on the road. The user needs to enter just a few letters before a destination is suggested, similar to performing a Google search.
In parallel with this, the MMI navigation plus also offers the classic control level via the MMI terminal and the multifunction steering wheel. Furthermore, the system also features voice control that allows a town and street to be entered as a spoken command. In addition to the map on the MMI monitor, a second color map is displayed in the driver’s field of vision on the seven-inch display of the color DIS between the tachometer and the speedometer.
MMI navigation plus works closely together with the driver assistance and safety systems in the new A6 series. It transmits all relevant data about the route chosen to the computers that control the automatic transmission, ACC stop & go and the headlights. The ACC stop & go additionally offers a new function intended particularly for driving down winding interurban roads. The system adjusts the speed based on the navigation data, and can reduce it by as much as 15 km/h (9.3 mph) to provide for a more comfortable drive. This is independent of the driving program chosen. The navigation data can be updated at no charge five times during the first three years following the purchase of the car.
Audi connect, a data transmission module that establishes a connection to the Internet, is the ideal supplement to the MMI navigation plus. It uses the fast standard LTE whenever possible. Audi was the first manufacturer to incorporate this technology into the car. Passengers can surf and email using the module’s WiFi hotspot – on as many as eight mobile devices.
New with Audi connect: Online Media Streaming
Audi connect also provides tailored Internet services for the driver: from navigation with Google Earth and Google Street View to Facebook and Twitter. It can also read, create and send text messages and emails. Among the latest Audi connect services are Online Media Streaming – which grants access to millions of music tracks in the car – and a Bluetooth interface to a linked smartphone’s voice assistant, such as Siri for the iPhone. Audi offers a corresponding app for these services. The user simply has to register its use with the streaming provider.
Supplementary components round out the multimedia portfolio in the new A6 series. Particularly interesting are the CD/DVD changer and the tuners for digital radio (DAB) and digital television. The latter bring programs in the DVB-T and DVB-T2 standards into the car. The Audi phone box – another option – utilizes near-field coupling to link smartphones to the vehicle’s antenna and enables charging via a USB port.
The Bose surround sound system integrates a 12-channel amplifier with an output of more than 600 watts and boasts 14 loudspeakers, including a subwoofer and a center speaker. Discerning hi-fi aficionados in particular will appreciate the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System, delivering more than 1,200 watts. Its 15 speakers feature encapsulated housings and covers made of polished aluminum. Each individual speaker is driven via a separate amplifier channel. Particularly eye-catching are the acoustic lenses, which emerge from the instrument panel when the system is powered on. The center speaker and subwoofer guarantee rich surround sound.
The equipment, data and prices specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.