The amount of places we can be away from technology is getting smaller and smaller, Audi and Google have teamed up to make sure the car is one of those places where we can no longer be away from a Facebook update or a round of Angry birds.
The fact Audi was going to make an announcement didn’t really come as any surprise as they already confirmed they were going to be part of Google’s Open Automotive Alliance, although what exactly was being unveiled was a bit of a shock as nobody was really expecting a tablet. The new Audi Smart Display is 10.2 inches, powered by a Tegra 4 chip, and comes running Android, although exactly what version of Android we don’t know quite yet. You’ll also find that the launcher is a little different from what you’re used to as it’s customized for in-car use.
There’s not a great deal of information on what else is under the hood in the Smart Display other than it’s specifically designed to work with Audi’s in-car WIFI and LTE and that it has a “HD” display, though it wasn’t specified if that means 720p or 1080p. Audi is presuming that the tablet is going to be spending a lot of time inside the car, so to cater to that they’ve designed the Smart Display so that it can withstand extreme temperatures, both; hot and cold between -40°C/F and 80°C/176°F to be precise.
As you can imagine there is a lot of car to tablet integration here that goes beyond just connecting to the car’s WIFI/LTE, you can hook it up to the car’s audio system to play whatever music you have stored, get accurate turn by turn navigation through Google maps and even control the cars temperature with climate controls.
We didn’t see everything the new device can do just yet, there was quite a few details on specs and functionality kept under wraps for just now, I’m sure more information will come out as 2014 rolls on and we’ll see Google announce more partnerships with car manufacturers.
via USA Today | photo credit: Reviewed.com