Today's Hard|Forum Post
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Tuesday April 26, 2016

How Audi Built A Fully Digital Virtual Cockpit

Audi’s visually rich virtual cockpit, featured in sport models like the Audi TT and Audi R8, ditches the traditional center screen for a fully digital instrument cluster behind the steering wheel. It’s won raves in the automotive press for being easy to navigate and driver-friendly. Among the benefits of the virtual cockpit is its flexible layout designed to suit the driver in any situation. At the touch of the button on a steering wheel, the driver can switch from a lit single-display configuration to a classic dual-display.

For the single-display, the gauges shrink in size, while a map grows to take up the entire 12.3-inch-wide navigation screen. For the classic view, the familiar two-gauge setup is displayed, with the tachometer on the left and speedometer on the right. With analog speedometers, which have the traditional needle sweeping around a dial, the driver has a sense of the car’s speed but it’s hard to read at a glance. The digital cluster is easier to look at and understand immediately.