Audi US updates infotainment system with voice assistant, personalization

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Audi USA will update the MIB 3 infotainment in its cars starting with the “Hey Audi” voice assistant and integrated Amazon Alexa, Personalization 2.0, and integrated Apple Music. 

According to the US arm of the German carmaker,  the "Hey Audi" voice assistant can allow users control in-vehicle and home functions with “wake up” words. 

Personalization 2.0 can enable drivers to save settings such as climate control, locking, lighting, and seat settings, and lets them transfer settings between Audi vehicles. 

Integrated Apple Music can allow drivers to log into his or her account without using a phone. 

Amazon Alexa was initially rolled out as a push-to-talk function on the steering wheel. For 2022, most MIB 3-equipped vehicles come with Amazon Alexa functionality when the vehicles' owners have an active Audi Connect subscription.

Alexa can be activated for day-to-day tasks in the car simply by using the “Alexa” wake up word, exactly as one might do at home.

Users with an Apple ID and an active Audi connect Prime or Plus subscription are able to log into their account, and play Apple Music without needing to pair a phone. This allows anyone in the vehicle to enjoy the Apple Music account no matter whose phone is paired with the Audi Multimedia Infotainment system.

Meanwhile, a digital radio service called SiriusXM with 360L will come to more Audi models in the US.

SiriusXM’s audio entertainment platform combines satellite and streaming delivery to give Audi owners access to more channels thousands of hours of on-demand content, and better personalization.

It is receiving small updates following its full redesign and is being offered in the the 2022 e-tron GT model line with a subscription. SiriusXM made its debut for the 2021 model year in 11 Audi vehicle lines. 

Audi RS e-tron

 

The MIB 3 also features the Audi Online Car Care, which can notify the driver when certain features may need maintenance or inspection, including brake pads, check engine lights, and vehicle fluids via an available myAudi app push notification.

Users can also activate Audi Service Request, which automatically helps the customer schedule an appointment with the dealership to have service items addressed.

Meanwhile, Android phone users are able to access Android Auto wirelessly for select 2022 MIB 3-equipped models, which includes the e-tron Sportback.

In the e-tron, a revised e-tron route planner can sort public charging stations with a greater level of detail between Level 2 AC chargers and Level 3 DC fast chargers

Aside from the infotainment system, Audi USA will also enhance a convenience feature called Traffic Light Information (TLI), which predicts green lights in more cities.

Audi’s "innovative" TLI uses vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) swarm technology to accurately predict connected traffic lights. The system can determine when the lights will turn green, how long they will stay red, and what speed a driver needs to maintain to ride a “green wave” of traffic lights using recommended Green Light Optimized Speed Advisories (GLOSA).

An Audi-first technology, TLI helps lessen stress behind the wheel. Currently, there are more than 21,000 TLI-active traffic intersections in more than 50 cities and regions across the US with more activating monthly, Audi said. 

Photos from Audi, Audi USA

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