Audi A8 to feature hybrid navigation
Audi and HERE Technologies announced the new Audi A8 will offer a map view with direct destination input. This latest version of Audi’s modular infotainment platform (MIB2+) reportedly offers a navigation map with graphics combining 3D models of cities worldwide with correspond representations of buildings.
The platform offers hybrid navigation, in which route calculation takes place primarily online on HERE’s servers as well as in parallel onboard the car. The system is designed to look at the overall traffic picture throughout a region, and includes events far off the planned route if they could affect the trip. A constant exchange and the HERE servers reportedly create the scope for new functions.
The new myAudi smartphone app also uses HERE navigation software and synchronizes navigation destinations and favorites with the car via the cloud. This enables the customer to start destination input from their smartphone before entering the car.
The navigation software in the car uses the HERE database and also evaluates information on the course of the road. This reportedly includes the number and direction of lanes, edges of the roadway, bends and descents, junctions, and city limits. This data is used by various safety, convenience, and efficiency functions such as predictive adaptive cruise control (pACC) and predictive efficiency assist (PEA). The central driver assistance controller (zFAS) also processes the data. The controller receives the road data along the route from the navigation system, merges this with the data picked up by the onboard sensors, and uses the results to determine, for example, the exact position of the car in its lane. The map data in the Audi A8 is updated automatically every three months over the permanent online connection.