The Audi MMI connect app offers many other functions via Audi connect services, which can be operated from the on-board MMI system. They include transferring a smartphone calendar to the screen in the car (in MMI or the Audi virtual cockpit). The driver can import an appointment location directly from the smartphone for use as a navigation destination and can transfer the phone number of a contact person as a contact entry. The system reads out the place, time and purpose of an appointment. Moreover, users can use the app to receive over 3,000 internet radio stations and store their favorites on their smartphones. It is also possible to play back music in the car that is stored locally on a smartphone and to use online media streaming with access to Napster products and services. In addition, the Audi MMI connect app can show current traffic information on a smartphone for use outside of the vehicle. The “Travel” service recommends travel destinations such as attractions, restaurants, hotels, shopping, sports and recreational options.
Navigation destinations can be planned on a PC or with a smartphone; individual destinations can be sent to the Audi back-end via the myAudi online portal, Google Maps and the Audi MMI connect app. Afterwards, the driver can call up the saved destinations from the back-end for navigation in the car. This can also be done from other apps using the “Destination Sharing” service. The smartphone user simply selects the “Share” function to transfer the relevant data to the Audi MMI connect app.
Customers can download the Audi MMI connect app free-of-charge at the Google Play Store or in the App Store. Registration at myAudi is then required. At myAudi, the driver can manage individual connect services, schedule service appointments or obtain information on the car. This requires that the relevant vehicle identification number be stored in the system.
The Audi connect safety & service package also includes model-specific remote functions which can be used with the MMI connect app from a smartphone, smartwatch or – in conjunction with the fourth generation of Apple TV – from a television. Examples are locking and unlocking the car, checking where the car is parked and calling up the vehicle status. The status report includes information that the customer can have displayed via smartphone about the opened/closed state of windows and unlocked/locked state of doors, distance to empty, fuel level and oil level. The app can also be used to conveniently program the optional auxiliary heating function. In e-tron models, the momentary charge state and remaining electric driving range can be called up using the Audi MMI connect app. The driver can activate the charging process and climate control remotely – including at specific times with user-configurable timers. Information on recent drives and on average electrical energy consumption, for instance, is still available to the driver at all times.