Audi Smart Display allows portable infotainment anywhere

Article by Anita Panait, on January 23, 2014

Typically, a vehicle’s infotainment system can be accessed through a display integrated on the dashboard. This means that only the driver and the front passenger could have access to the infotainment system. That now changes with the Audi Smart Display, a portable tablet that promises more than access to infotainment system.

The Audi Smart Display was unveiled in prototype form at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Audi Smart Display portable tablet comes with a 10.2-inch full-HD display encased in brushed aluminum. Using a secure and stable WLAN interface and via the Android operating system, the Smart Display can connect seamlessly with the vehicle. It is boosted by the state-of-the-art computing and graphics power of its Nvidia Tegra 40 processor.

Whether one is in front or on the rear seats, he can use the portable touchscreen to control the radio, media and navigation systems. Likewise, one can also catch a glimpse of the vehicle’s operating status.

Passengers could also enjoy access to the Internet at Long Term Evolution (LTE) speeds via the Audi connect system. The Audi Smart Display also provides passengers access to over 950,000 apps plus movies, music, audio books and eBooks through Google Play. While the unit’s internal storage serves as an audio and video jukebox, the Audi Smart Display receives video from the MMI navigation plus system.

The portability of the Audi Smart Display allows it to be used even outside the car, even within the confines of one’s home. The Smart Display uses the Audi sound system to play back sound in excellent quality.

One could also connect external headphones via Bluetooth or a standard headphone jack. The Audi Smart Display also supports Near Field Communication technology, allowing it to easily link to Bluetooth headphones and mobile devices in general. The integrated camera allows users to employ Skype video calls. [source: Audi]

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