Audi Q8 Sport Concept Headed To Google I/O With Android Infotainment System

Volvo recently partnered with Google to develop its next-generation infotainment, system but Audi isn’t sitting idle, as the company is showcasing the Q8 sport concept with an Android-based infotainment system.

Set to be displayed at the Google I/O developer conference later this week, the Audi Q8 sport concept features a new infotainment system which includes Google’s popular Android operating system. This enables the car to offer several new functions including Spotify, Google Play Music, and Google Assistant.

Besides the new features, the infotainment system allows information to be displayed on both the Audi virtual cockpit and the MMI touchscreen display on the dashboard. The company says this “marks the first time the new services have been fully integrated into Audi’s brand specific infotainment system.”

The navigation system will continue to use HERE Maps, because Audi partially owns the company, but users will also be able to navigate using Google Maps. The system will also come with a new message and call center.

Audi is particularly excited about using Android as it offers “tremendous potential” as thousands of developers are already familiar with the platform. The company is also promising shorter update cycles and a “significantly greater diversity of services as well as broad international availability.”

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  • BGM

    So we’ve gone from a cockpit with too many buttons to one with no buttons at all. Is that progress? So right now I know where the volume button is in my car. I know the AC button. In this car you have to touch a screen in exactly the right place and then go up or down. What’s more, these screens change settings depending on what you’re trying to do so now it’s the radio, next is vehicle settings, next is the sat nav… I posit to you that this has made driving more dangerous. Even in an airplane that has little chance of hitting another airplane the concept of the glass cockpit means the reduction of some clutter, not the elimination of tactile input from dials and knobs. This is a car, not the Starship Enterprise.

    • Sébastien

      well volume is right at your right hand fingertip on this Q8 (on the wheel) so that’s better than a knob on the console.

      • TheHake

        Yup, I rarely do anything on the console nowadays. Everything is easily done via steering wheel buttons.

    • Nordschleife

      I get your point but I think this is all heading towards autonomy anyway. I personally don’t have a problem with lack of buttons but I can see both sides.

    • Enter Ranting

      BGM – I absolutely hate touch screens in cars, for all the reasons you stated. Now that touch screens are on everything from soft drink dispensers to kids’ toys, there’s nothing interesting or luxurious about them. Plus, they’re always covered with fingerprints.

  • TheHake

    Soon, Skynet will become self-aware…

    • Infinite1

      Agreed

  • Dennis James

    No glued tablet on the dashboard. Great !

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