It’s not too surprising that Audi’s Virtual Cockpit is brilliant, considering the quality and craftsmanship put into every cubic inch of Audi vehicles. The gamechanger is the fact that with Audi Virtual Cockpit, once you’ve familiarized yourself with it, you’ll never have to take your eyes off the road again to change the radio station, check navigation, and access various media, among other things.
The Audi Virtual Cockpit is essentially a 100% digital instrument cluster that works in tandem with Audi’s MultiMedia Interface (MMI) system to allow drivers to access communication, information, and media—conveniently and safely.
The Virtual Cockpit is a 12.3-inch TFT customizable display in 1,440×540-pixel high resolution. Drivers get to choose the mode they wish to see in front of them, using a View button to switch back and forth. This is all done through commands within easy reach—the steering wheel.
The View button on the steering wheel allows you to control what information is displayed in front of you. For instance, you can minimize the speedometer and tachometer to the edges of your screen, and choose what other vehicle information you wish to access and display instead.
You can scroll through your smartphone data, radio, navigation, mileage, trip data, and rev counter, among other things- all using the arrow buttons on the steering wheel.
The 3-dimensional map has a Zoom feature that can also be accessed from the steering wheel, via roller dial. You can call forth turn-by-turn directions with Google Maps and access Search, all the while keeping your eyes on your driving speed, and of course, at all times—on the road.
First released with the Audi TT, Audi Virtual Cockpit is now also available in additional Audi models like the Audi A4 and Audi R8. You don’t have to be a gearhead or techie to appreciate this first-of-its-kind digital instrument cluster. It was engineered for its simplicity of use. If you want to see it in action, you can schedule a test drive at your
local AutoNation dealership. We’re wagering it won’t take you long to get the hang of it, all the while enjoying the ride.