The collaboration by Audi and HERE is really delivering the goods. The navigation in the new Audi A8 is more precise, faster and more intuitive. And it’s no longer confined to the car.
Imagine for a moment you’re planning to drive to a city you’ve never been to before. Just a few years ago, you would have gotten into the car, turned on the ignition. And then waited.
Today – in the new Audi A8 – that’s not at all how it works. Sitting on your sofa at home, you can use the
In the next step, we tackled the route calculation function and significantly optimized it for the new Audi A8. Four times a year the onboard database will automatically be refreshed with over-the-air updates, so the driver can always be confident he has the latest map material. Our MIB2+ modular infotainment platform makes "hybrid navigation" possible. This means the route is calculated not only
And third, the hybrid navigation enables dynamic adjustments during a journey. It even takes into account events hundreds of miles away if they can affect conditions on the route. What’s more, the system can integrate a range of different traffic jam models. If there’s a traffic jam somewhere on the route, but the traffic resumes flowing freely soon enough, the congestion will not be factored into the driving time. But if the traffic jam hasn’t cleared in two hours, the navigation system will react in time to plan a detour around it.
Once the driver hits the road, he is struck by the new, more clearly displayed imagery. For the first time, the system integrates remarkably detailed 3D models of many cities around the world. Until recently that applied only to individual buildings like Munich’s famous Frauenkirche cathedral. In the new Audi
The big touchscreen display and impressive computing power in our new flagship enable users to make route changes at the spur of the moment – with just a swipe of the finger. If there’s an obstacle in the road – say a garbage truck in the city or a herd of cows in a rural area – the driver can block the route. The navigation system then chooses a different route in the blink of an eye. We call this “intelligent blocking”. But this also works on a larger scale: Using the “rubber band” function, the driver can choose to shift the course of the entire route. All he has to do is put a finger on the displayed route and drag it into
Equally noteworthy is how our navigation benefits from the connected sensors in the Audi A8. The data – particularly from the front camera and the laser scanner – is also saved to the navigation system by the central driver assistance controller (
Once the driver has reached his destination, the
See HERE in the Audi A8 live at IAA 2017
To see all of this in action, join HERE and Audi at 67th International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt from September 12th - 24th. You can find our booth outside at New Mobility World, Agora Parkour: FG Ost FA200 Outdoor.