Audi recently updated its MMI system, with its MIB 3 hardware. This new third-generation of infotainment brings a new chipset that’s up to ten times faster than the outgoing system, which gives Audi the ability to offer even more new features. Among the new functions that will be available for 2021 model-year cars will be as follows:
– Wireless provider for in-vehicle functions: Verizon
- – LTE Advanced Pro modem rated for up to 1 Gbps download speed
- – 11ac Wi-Fi (2.4GHz and 5GHz bands)
– HD voice communication
– New Linux-based operating system
Those might not seem too thrilling but their are interesting, specifically the 1 Gbps download speed. In the future, most electric cars, and even many internal combustion engine cars, will feature extensive over-the-air updates. That ability to download updates at Gigabit speed will be incredibly helpful. But, really, that speed is to help your tweens watch TikTok videos in the back seat in lag-free high-definition.
There will also be some other new features, such as:
- – SiriusXM with 360L
- – Hybrid digital radio
- – New myAudi app digital storefront experience with myAudi marketplace
- – Function on Demand
- – Navigation
- – More Features to be Added
What are these new functions, exactly? Sirius XM 360L essentially better integrates Sirius with specific cars, giving customers a more comprehensive selection of channels and a better-integrated user interface.
Hybrid digital radio is interesting, as it combines both terrestrial FM radio and digital HD radio. So if you’re listening to an FM station but drive outside of its range, the car will automatically switch to the digital version of the station, using the car’s LTE connection, seamlessly. So your station never stops due to range.
Function on Demand will allow customers to actually buy certain functions for the MMI system on the fly. So if you didn’t option something when buying the car new, or if you bought the car used and it didn’t have a certain feature you wanted, you can simply purchase the feature afterward. For instance, if you bought an Audi A4 without the added navigation package but now want it, you can just buy it through the MMI system and it will unlock and download.
All new MIB 3-equipped Audis will be Amazon Alexa Auto-capable as well. With Alexa Auto, you can connect your Audi account to your Amazon Prime Alexa and use the MMI system to control Alexa’s functions. For instance, you can ask for directions, check the weather in certain areas, add items to your shopping list or whatever else you’d use it (her?) for. Essentially, it turns the car into an extension of your own Alexa.
There’s also the integrated toll module, which links your potentially various toll accounts to the car, meaning you never have to have the little toll dongle in your car. You simply connect the car to your different accounts and never worry about tolls again. Brilliant.