Audi TT has been turning heads since it's inception in 1998. Currently in its third generation development mode, the Audi TT will be up for sale later this year. A new feature in this car will be a smartphone-inspired dashboard, rightly called as 'Virtual Cockpit'. This feature will rival other similar products such as Apple's CarPlay, Google’s Open Automotive Alliance and that of the Connected Car Consortium’s MirrorLink. Using Virtual Cockpit, Audi TT will do away with all the needles and gauges and dials and instead, display the information on a sleek LCD screen in HD.
The Virtual Cockpit will be powered by twin quad-core CPUs, 4G data, touch control, natural-language voice recognition and search functionality; features usually present in a high-end smartphone. The 12.3-inch high-definition screen size will be 1,440 X 550 pixels and will have a refresh rate of 60 fps to make sure the screen does not flicker. Using Audi's trademark MMI touch control, the driver can zoom in or out and can scroll and select the maps or the menu.
Audi TT RS coupé (2009)
The application can operate in two modes, a traditional one which will have the tachometer on on side and the speedometer on the other. Between the two will be an area where maps, songs or other information of the car vitals could be displayed. In the other mode, the size of the dials would reduce to accommodate a more detailed view of maps or of the selected media file.
Google and Apple apps could be used with the Virtual Cockpit as well as shared apps (like Pandora, etc.) too are compatible. The Virtual Cockpit can be controlled by a wheel-mounted control panel or by a more traditional control present below the gear stick.
A worthwhile fact to mention is that the Audi TT concept took just a month for its design while this tech-y sister of hers took about 5 years for its design.
Source: Absolute Gadget