New Audi A8 Gets Rid Of Buttons - Model Receives Virtual Dashboard With 3 Touch Screens
|   Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Last year, during the Frankfurt Motor Show, Audi exhibited the e-tron Quattro concept. It did not only announce the future Q6 but foreshadowed a series of technologies that debuted on other models in the range.

The most impressive system exposed at that time was the Virtual Dashboard, an evolution of the current Virtual Cockpit. Sources close to the company say that Audi will install the Virtual Dashboard system on its large models, and the first who could receive this technology will be the next generation A8.

As you already know, the Virtual Dashboard system replaces traditional buttons and uses multimedia features. The technology includes three touch screens and the most generous one has a size of 14.1 inches and a slightly curved surface.

Thus, officials of the German manufacturer announced that the production version of the Virtual Dashboard will be launched next year on a large size model. For this reason, the most likely candidate for the debut is the Audi A8 which will receive an update in 2017. This way, the Virtual Dashboard system will reach the larger models before it reaches models in segments that have smaller dimensions.

As stated, the Virtual Dashboard includes three touch screens, and one of them has a slightly curved surface, a diagonal of 1.41 inches with 2240 x 720 pixels resolution and is located right in the sight of the driver. This is like having a midsize laptop built into the dashboard. With such a large work space, the main screen is used as the instrument panel. This display has functions similar to those already provided by the Virtual Cockpit.

The system includes two other secondary screens located on the center console below each other. The top screen is used for multimedia functions, while the second is useful for entering text, whereas all the classic buttons have been removed. Also, the screen in front of the driver will be used for navigation and the last one under the main display will control the air conditioning system.

All three displays have haptic feedback, so they give vibration and sound feedback with each press of the driver or front passenger.
This means that the user will feel a small vibration when touching the screen. This function helps the driver to stay focused on the road because he knows that he has, or not, reached the screen. The technology is very interesting, very flexible and the fact that Audi will implement it on many models is the icing on the cake.
“The general philosophy of the split screens and the haptic feedback systems will be in production cars in less than one year. It really is just around the corner,” Andreas Lamprecht, Audi electronics expert said.

He confirmed that “Obviously it is a technology that will start in our big cars and work down through the range.”
The system will use LED and LCD screens giving up on the OLEDs displayed on the concept.
“The OLED technology will not be coming yet,” Lamprecht added. “The temperature resistance and lifecycle of the screens are not yet at Audi’s standards. It will take a couple of years.”
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