If you simply can’t imagine life on the go without an internet connection, you’re probably keen on the recent news that Audi’s new A3 will be the first vehicle in the U.S. to offer in-car 4G LTE connectivity. The system, which taps into AT&T’s cellular network to power the car’s built-in features like Google Earth, weather forecasting, and fuel price info, will also enable Wi-Fi hotspots with blazing download speeds of up to 100 Mbps— faster than most home internet connections.
But as with all things electronic, the NVIDIA chip that powers the A3’s multimedia system and the Qualcomm chip that handles Audi Connect will some day go the way of the Nintendo 64, only to be replaced by even quicker and more efficient hardware. Anticipating the inevitable antiquating of such systems— and the resulting need to redesign the hardware architecture that handles those duties, Audi has created its first ever modular system intended to help car design keep pace with ever-evolving cellular and multimedia technology.
Audi’s MMI Goes Modular: Swappable Chips Will Help Cars Keep Pace With Processing Advancements via popmech