MMI navigation plus with MMI touch draws upon the concentrated power of the Audi modular infotainment platform (MIB). Its central computer comprises two main units – the radio car control unit and the MMX board (MMX = Multi-Media eXtension). The board is a plug-in module. Audi keeps it at the state of the art during the development process in order to bring innovations in consumer electronics into the car at an early stage.
The new Audi A3 uses the MIB of the second generation. It integrates in the MMX board a Tegra 30 processor from joint-venture partner NVIDIA. Together with a special 3D graphics program, the quad core chip from the Tegra 3 series handles all online, media, voice control, navigation and phone functions. With a clock frequency over one gigahertz and a powerful graphics card, it performs up to 8 billion computations per second.
MMI radio plus is standard in the new Audi A3. It comes with eight speakers, an SDXC card reader, an AUX port, Bluetooth and voice control for phone and radio. The electrically extending MMI monitor is also standard. It has a seven-inch diagonal and a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. The rotary push-button control forms the centerpiece of the MMI control concept.
The optional MMI navigation system also offers the following additional features: two card readers, a voice control system, a navigation function with the data lying on a memory card, an LTE data module with Wi-Fi hotspot for fast internet access and Audi connect services free of charge for three months. Added to the rotary push-button control in the MMI navigation is a joystick feature for changing between the individual menus. The MMI also provides access to the voice control of the smartphone, displays emails and reads them aloud.
As a top-of-the-line equipment item, Audi offers MMI navigation plus with MMI touch for the new A3. Beyond the scope of MMI navigation, it comprises a 10 GB flash memory, a DVD drive, Audi connect services for three years as well as up to five free navigation updates (available at six-month intervals). MMI navigation plus operates in close coordination with many assistance and safety systems.
Audi smartphone interface and Audi phone box
Another feature is the Audi smartphone interface, bringing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on board the new Audi A3. If the customer connects an iOS or Android smartphone to the USB port (iOS from 7.1, Android from 5.0 Lollipop), the smartphone’s contents such as navigation, phone, music and select third party apps are offered in a separate MMI menu. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto can be controlled at the multifunction steering wheel, by voice command and with the rotary push-button control. The offer will continue to expand through third-party apps like Pandora, Spotify and WhatsApp.
The Audi phone box in the front center armrest wirelessly connects the cell phone to the car antenna through near-field coupling and allows inductive charging according to the Qi standard, if the cell phone or other devices are suitable for this purpose. A coil in the bottom of the box inductively transmits the current to the receiver coil in the smartphone.
The mobile infotainment system of the new Audi A3 offers pioneering solutions. In conjunction with the Audi connect module, MMI navigation plus with MMI touch brings customized online services into the cockpit. They are transmitted via the fast LTE standard. The flat rate data plan required for this is included, thanks to the SIM card (embedded SIM) that is permanently installed in the car. It also permits roaming in most European countries.
The Audi connect SIM is based on the cooperative arrangement between Audi and Cubic Telecom, a leading provider of global seamless connectivity solutions. The Audi connect SIM is activated free of charge for a period of three years from the purchase of a new A3. An Audi service partner can reactivate it at the end of this period for a fee.
The range of services from Audi connect is impressively diverse, from navigation with Google Earth™ and Google Street View™ to traffic information online and parking space searching. In addition, the social network Twitter can be used in the car.
The free smartphone app Audi MMI connect provides further services in the new Audi A3. Online media streaming with access to Napster and AUPEO! as well as the new Web radio offer multi-faceted entertainment. Music data are transmitted by Wi-Fi from the smartphone to MMI navigation plus and from there to the sound system. In addition, route destinations can be transmitted from the smartphone to the car. By means of the function “myAudi destinations,” the customer can import these destinations either from Google Search, from personal contacts or from the calendar.
The new Calendar service transfers a smartphone’s calendar to the car – specified appointment places can be copied from the calendar to the navigation system as destinations, and a person’s phone number can be directly dialed and saved as a contact. On request, the system reads place, time and content of the appointment.
Independently of the integrated Audi connect services, data packages for the Wi-Fi hotspot can also be flexibly booked via a special Web portal or directly in the car – quickly and conveniently through the MMI system. Alternatively, customers can use their own SIM card in the car and establish Wi-Fi internet access through their own cellular provider. In this case, the data volume used by the Audi connect services will be charged to the customer’s SIM card and the Audi connect SIM temporarily deactivated.
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.