Delphi Automotive’s Connectivity Navigation Radio (CNR) platform is allowing Audi to differentiate its vehicles with a new and innovative infotainment product.
Offering the ability to easily adjust media center capability to meet the unique needs of individual vehicle models, the flexible media center design is based on Delphi’s scalable hardware platform and was recently unveiled on the Audi A1.
Delphi’s CNR platform addresses multiple market needs, including phase diversity dual-tuner reception and the capability of adding different digital tuner modules (e.g. digital audio broadcast/DAB) and different types of connectivity.
“The open, well-structured software architecture allows Audi to configure its vehicles’ infotainment platforms with simple software upgrades and offer more than 20 variations of our new infotainment platform including radio concert with navigation,” said Peter Steiner, head of Audi Infotainment Electrics/Electronics.
The scalable design also helps to differentiate vehicles while fulfilling today’s and tomorrow’s requirements for radio reception, user connectivity and navigation.
Delphi’s CNR supports navigation functionality with a high-resolution color display and 2.5D graphics, and includes map data for East and West Europe on a single SD card.
The connectivity functionality allows drivers to connect a portable device such as an iPod, another music player or any data storage device to the vehicle’s audio system. Using the world standard Bluetooth, the unit can be configured to allow hands-free calls or even stream music from the driver’s mobile phone to the high-performance system.
The Audi A1 has 3 tiers of infotainment systems:
1) Radio Chorus: Basic audio system with NO colour display.
2) Radio Concert: Audio system with 6.5″ colour display with optional connectivity packet and SD Card navigation upgrade.
3) Navigation MMI Plus: Hard Disk Drive (HDD) navigation with 3D maps.