Audi officially launches MMI Touch – handwriting recognition

Audi has entered a new path in the operation of MMI navigation plus: it uses a touchpad. To enter the destination or phone number users simply draw the letters or numbers on the control panel with the index finger of the right hand.

The system even recognizes Cyrillic, Chinese, Cantonese, Japanese and Korean characters. MMI touch can also be used to navigate on the map. An intelligent auxiliary feature is the Black Panel technology: Here the pad becomes a control panel containing six programmed radio stations.

The new input technology functions intuitively and spontaneously. The driver’s right hand is ideally guided by the selector lever of the 8-speed tiptronic. His or her finger draws the lines as if automatically – and the driver’s attention remains focused on the road. The system acknowledges the input after each character with an acoustic feedback signal. In contrast to voice control, touchpad input is possible even while conversing or listening to an audio source.

Along with MMI touch, the new A8 also offers conventional operation with the MMI rotary pushbutton. Further improved voice control is also available on request: Places and roads can now be spoken as commands.

On the new A8, the MMI Touch is offered with the optional MMI Navigation Plus, which costs €2,900.

Source: Audi.

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