First and foremost, the dashboard is angled towards the driver so controls are easily accessible. There's also a new MMI control panel with larger knob that incorporates a touchpad for handwriting recognition and precise clicks. Other highlights include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, circular air vents, a thin strip of aluminum trim and a pop-up infotainment system with a seven-inch display.
Speaking of the latter, it is being described as "German engineering meets Silicon Valley." Jointly developed with Nvidia, the new "modular infotainment platform" will utilize a dual-core Tegra 2 processor which is clocked at 1.2 GHz. It will be part of an MMX (Multi-Media eXtension) board that will be responsible for handling the car's internet, navigation and telephone functions. Later on, the system will be upgraded with a quad-core Tegra 3 processor which can be clocked at 1.4 GHz.
The A3 will also offer a next-generation heads-up display with advanced graphics. According to Audi, when the car "approaches an intersection with the navigation system activated, the driver sees a transparent route arrow outside of the vehicle, positioned precisely at the real intersection. As the intersection nears, the arrow becomes larger. At a distance of 10 meters (32.81 feet), it appears to be about the same size as a real physical arrow on the pavement."
There will also be an optional Phone Box which "couples cell phones of any type to the vehicle perfectly."
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