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2014-01-16 08:37

AUDI-BRANDED TABLET: Audi debuts its new Smart Display tablet, albeit in prototype form, at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Image: AUDI

LAS VEGAS, Nevada - Audi debuted a prototype tablet that will link seamlessly to systems both in and out of Audi models at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, USA.

The Audi Smart Display is a portable unit that interfaces with infotainment and navigation systems and can display vehicle’s operating status.

Passengers can use the touch screen (25cm HD display) to control the radio, media and navigation systems, and also call up data on the car’s operating status.


It connects to the internet at Long Term Evolution (LTE) speeds via the Audi connect system. The unit has an Nvidia Tegra 40 processor.

Users have access to nearly 1million apps through Google Play, the Android app store. The unit can store video from the MMI navigation plus system. Its integrated camera can be used for photos, video or Skype calls.

According to the automaker: “The Audi Smart Display was systematically developed for use in cars.
“It can easily withstand extremes of temperature and its robust hardware makes it crash-proof but it also means that for the first time the innovative technology that is synonymous with the Vorsprung durch Technik brand can now touch many other areas of life.”

There's no indication that the tablet will actually head in into production but it foreshadows the kind of connectivity with Android-powered phones and tablets that Audi is hoping to achieve in the near future.

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