During Audi’s technology showcase on the day of the e-tron’s official reveal, the brand showed off all of its latest and greatest tech. Two of the demos that stood out were Audi’s MMI Touch Response infotainment system and the all-new Virtual Mirrors that just debuted on the Audi e-tron.
We took some videos of these two new Audi e-tron technologies to show you how they work.
The MMI Touch Response system isn’t really anything new, as it’s the same dual touchscreen setup as in the Audi A8, A7, A6 and Q8. However, having it on a stand the way it was, we were able to interact with it and get a much better idea for how it works and what it can do. It, too, is surprisingly intuitive, more so than we had originally anticipated. So we don’t foresee many customers having an issue with making the switch from the physical controls of the previous MMI system to this new touchscreen one.
For the Virtual Mirror stand, they had an Audi e-tron door on display, with its new “mirrors” on display. Basically, its side mirrors are replaced by cameras that display what they see onto little OLED screens on the inside door panels. Those screens are also touchscreens, so the driver can move the camera angle around, pinch and zoom, all via the little OLED screens. It’s actually surprisingly intuitive and really quite impressive. Personally, I didn’t think I would like it in person but it really impressed me.
Unfortunately, you can’t get Virtual Mirrors on the Audi e-tron in America just yet. The option will be available in all other markets at launch but Audi hasn’t gotten approval from US regulations just yet. So we’re stuck with regular ole mirrors for awhile, ‘Stateside. No matter, as the Audi e-tron is absolutely brimming with technology right out of the box, so there’s plenty to keep customers happy, even with physical mirrors.