Inside the Gold Standard Audi Virtual Cockpit

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The Audi Virtual Cockpit is out of this world and taking the automotive industry by storm.

However, you can expect to find digital instrument clusters like the Audi Virtual Cockpit in many versions of most modern luxury cars.

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Inside the Gold Standard Audi Virtual Cockpit. | Credit: Photography © indiGO Auto Group/Joe Brann

That instrument panel often contains the following data:

  • Speedometer, which tells you the speed of your vehicle in MPH and KPH.
  • Tachometer, which shows how many rotations your engine is making every minute.
  • Odometer, which shows how many miles your car has traveled over its lifetime.
  • Fuel Gauge, which shows how much gasoline or charging remains in your car.
  • Gear Display, which shows which gear your car is in at the moment.
  • Turn Signal Indicators, which flash if your turn signals are on
  • Hazard lights, which flash when turning on your hazard lights.
  • Active system lights, tell you the parts of the vehicle that are activated, such as an open trunk or door.
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    It’s true! Audi’s Virtual Cockpit was among the first of its kind. | Credit: Photography © indiGO Auto Group/Joe Brann

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    Over time, in most new cars, you will be saying goodbye to the analog instruments of yesteryear.

    Today, in many cars, this data is presented to you in a highly configurable digital layout.

    And did you know that Audi’s Virtual Cockpit system was among the first on the market and set the standard for many other manufacturers? Today, the Audi Cockpit system still feels high-tech and cutting edge but it’s actually been around since 2014 when it first appeared as part of the Audi TT.

    The first version of Virtual Cockpit appeared on the 2014 Audi TT Mk3 and has been growing in presence ever since. If you’ve ever been in a modern high-end Audi then you’ve probably seen the one-of-a-kid Virtual Cockpit. It’s the digital dashboard display that now is included in many models. In fact, a majority of Audi cars today come with the Virtual Cockpit as standard. And in those models that don’t have it as standard, the Virtual Cockpit can be included as an option.

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    If you’re considering buying a new Audi you might want to know a little bit more about this Virtual Cockpit. So we’ve compiled a list of all the important information in an easy-to-digest format. Let’s check it out!

    What is Audi Virtual Cockpit?

    It’s a TFT screen situated inside the driver’s binnacle, behind the steering wheel  that is highly configurable. You can choose all the information you want to display, including all data from your audio system.

    Now, let's dive in-depth into what the Audi Virtual Cockpit is.
    Now, let’s dive in-depth into what the Audi Virtual Cockpit is. | Audi

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    How is it laid out?

    Primarily, it comes in 10.25 inches or 12.3 inches and is included in the A3, A4, A5, A6, Q3 SUV, and Q3 Sportback. In other versions it can be added for a price.

    What does the Audi virtual cockpit show you?

    You get to move among different menus. You can show phone information, audio, maps, and other trip information. And much more! Virtual Cockpit is not a touchscreen but rather is controlled by buttons on the steering wheel.

    What is Audi MMI?

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    According to Audi: MMI is the company’s ‘multi-media interface’ system, which controls all of the media and infotainment functions. Where the Audi Virtual Cockpit is fitted, the MMI system works alongside it and gives you lots of information and sat nav mapping on the central screen. Depending on the car you have, this is usually controlled by a touchpad and scroll wheel mounted on the center console or the steering wheel. The Audi MMI system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto across most models.

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