The Audi e-tron offers comprehensive infotainment and is very well connected. Numerous assist systems support the driver and enhance comfort, as do the optional and flexibly bookable equipment and functions. For the first time, Audi customers can add functions as needed even after purchasing their Audi e-tron.
All the information you need: navigation and Audi connect
On the German market, the Audi e-tron is supplied with MMI navigation plus as standard. The top-end media center supports the high-speed data transmission standard LTE Advanced with integrated Wi-Fi hotspot for the passengers’ mobile devices. The navigation system makes intelligent destination suggestions based on previous journeys. The route is calculated both on board in the car and online on the servers of the map and navigation provider HERE, using real-time data for the overall traffic situation.
The online services of Audi connect ideally complement the navigation system, especially the e-tron route planner. The customer can use it either in the in-car MMI system or in the myAudi app. In both cases they are shown the appropriate route with the required charging points. The navigation system considers not only the battery’s charge but also the traffic situation and includes the required charging time in its arrival time calculation. The e-tron route planner includes DC charging stations along with most AC charging stations throughout Europe. The route planning includes charging station information such as output and – provided the chargers are so configured – even whether they are currently occupied or out of service. While driving, detailed information about the remaining range is displayed in the Audi virtual cockpit and in the top MMI touch response display. Charging planning is continuously updated to the prevailing conditions. For example, an alternative suggestion is made if a targeted DC fast charging station can no longer be reached. Charge planning is mirrored seamlessly between the display in the car and in the myAudi smartphone app. During an active charge process, it displays the charging time remaining and the battery’s current charge status. Customers can also opt to receive push notifications as soon as they can continue their journey.
With the myAudi app, the customer can plan, remotely control and monitor charging processes and the preliminary air conditioning of the Audi e-tron. They can set a departure time, for example, so that the electric SUV is charged and/or heated/cooled at the desired time. Customers can even choose for the first time to heat or cool certain zones in the car. On cold winter days, for example, they can turn on the seat heating, heated steering wheel or the heated rear window using their smartphone. The app also displays charging and driving data. Communication with the car is via the integrated LTE module, which is standard equipment in the Audi e-tron.
The driver is also supported with Car-to-X services that use the swarm intelligence of the Audi fleet. Suitably equipped vehicles report moving into and out of parking spaces so that forecasts on the availability of roadside parking space appear in selected towns and cities. The cars from the swarm also warn each other of hazardous spots such as fog or black ice, and report current speed limits.
The optional Audi connect key provides digital access to the Audi e-tron. It enables the driver and four other authorized users to unlock, lock and activate the electric SUV by android smartphone. Their preferred settings can be saved in up to seven different user profiles. Personalization covers up to 400 parameters, from the driver seat position and the preferred air conditioning settings to navigation destinations previously used and favorite media. The Audi e-tron identifies the individual user from the key signal as soon as he unlocks the car and activates the right profile for them.
New offering: flexible booking of additional features
The Audi e-tron will be the first model from the brand with the four rings to offer its customers scope for adding certain functions in the areas of light, driver assistance systems and infotainment – on demand and at any time. This will be possible from mid-2019 onwards. Even after they have taken delivery of it, the customer can now continually customize it to their individual requirements. Every function can be obtained for varying periods – monthly, annually or permanently. Functions are booked either conveniently via the car’s MMI system, the myAudi app or the myAudi service portal, and paid for easily and securely via AudiPay.
In the lighting package, customers can upgrade the LED headlights to Matrix LED headlights with intelligent high-beam control. The package also includes other functions such as dynamic turn signals, daytime running lights with e-tron signature, and lighting scenarios that are activated when the SUV is opened and closed. Under assistance systems, there is initially park assist as an add-on option. The infotainment package comprises DAB+ digital radio and the Audi smartphone interface.
Convenient support: the driver assistance systems
Whether parking, in the city or on long journeys, the Audi e-tron makes life easier for its driver in many situations. The system at the heart of the Tour assist package is adaptive cruise assist, which comfortably provides longitudinal and lateral control across a range between 0 and 200 km/h (124.3 mph). It supports the driver with accelerating, braking, maintaining speed, keeping distance and in traffic jam situations. The system detects lane markings, roadside structures, vehicles in adjacent lanes and vehicles driving ahead. In construction zones, the Audi e-tron automatically adapts its speed to the traffic situation, taking into account the speed limit. If the lane is too narrow to allow side-by-side driving, adaptive cruise assist enables offset driving through narrow stretches.
Adaptive cruise assist works closely together with the standard efficiency assist. Thanks to the interplay between these two systems, the Audi e-tron predictively slows down and accelerates based on its evaluation of sensor and navigation data as well as traffic signs. It automatically adjusts to the current speed limit, reduces the speed before corners, during turning and on roundabouts. The predictive system always maintains a driving style that reflects the driving program selected – from efficient to sporty – and uses the individual opportunities for recuperation. If the adaptive cruise assist is not active, the efficiency assist uses predictive notifications and automatic recuperation to help drivers drive economically, thus helping to increase range. The system uses radar sensors, camera images, navigation data and Car-to-X information to detect the traffic environment and the route. The driver is shown corresponding information in the Audi virtual cockpit and the optional head-up display as soon as it would be sensible to take the foot off the right-hand pedal. If the driver has selected the automatic recuperation setting in the MMI, the information and automatic recuperation interact to form a convenient overall system. The system determines the ideal deceleration for the particular situation and recuperates energy in a way that is optimally adapted to the events.
In town, features including crossing assist, rear cross traffic assist as well as lane change and exit warning provide for safety. The 360 degree cameras provide multiple views to facilitate centimeter-precision maneuvering, show crossing traffic and give a detailed view of the wheels. The highlight is the 3D view with freely selectable perspective. Park assist eases the parking process. It steers the Audi e-tron independently into parallel parking and perpendicular parking spaces – forwards or backwards. The driver only has to accelerate, select the gear and brake.
Operating as standard behind the driver assistance systems in the Audi e-tron is the central driver assistance controller. It continuously computes a differentiated model of the surroundings. The required data is obtained – depending on the selected options – from up to five radar sensors, six cameras, twelve ultrasound sensors and the laser scanner.
The equipment, data and prices specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.