Sydney, July 18: Automobile giant Audi is set to include a one-touch text message function in the car’s infotainment system for its car owners in Australia.
The firm said that it wouldn’t be offering email access on the move as part of its new in-car wi-fi infotainment system, citing the reason of driver distraction.owever, Audi is allowing one-touch reply text messaging as part of a next-generation of connectivity called Connect, developed by an electronics department of 140 people, which also has the ability to create a wi-fi hotspot on the move.
According to Sydney Morning Herald, from next year on, Audi owners in Australia will have access to a Google Earth-based Street View navigation choice via the internet as part of the brand’s Connect system, which also offers in-car reception of more than 4000 internet radio stations worldwide.
Audi Connect will allow simple receiving and sending of text messages, that latter using a template of 11 different responses including “Yes” and “No” and “I’m in the car – will contact you later”, while text messages can be accessed while the car is on the move.
Along with the more regular 2D and 3D navigational platforms, Connect allows the driver to navigate in the usual way with true-to-life visualisation provided by Google Street View, in which the car’s occupants can call up images of their destination for familiarisation.
Christian Biberger of the Audi’s development electrics department specialising in infotainment said the current Connect system does not have a speech-to-text systemc yet but will be a part of the next-generation Connect fitted to the all-new A3 model for Australia. (ANI)