Audi http://www.stuff.tv/my/audi/all en-MY Audi heats up self-driving car competition by demonstrating how fast its car can go http://www.stuff.tv/my/audi/audi-heats-self-driving-car-competition-demonstrating-how-fast-its-car-can-go/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Company claims its car is currently the fastest autonomous vehicle at the moment after speedy showing off </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Audi heats up self-driving car competition by demonstrating how fast its car can go" alt="Audi heats up self-driving car competition by demonstrating how fast its car can" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/audi%20piloted.jpg?1413898712" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Self-driving cars are the future and Audi is embracing that future by demonstrating how fast its self-driving cars can go.</p> <p>Audi claims that its RS7 demo is officially the &quot;fastest autonomous car on the planet.&quot; Its 560-horsepower RS7 apparently hit 149mph at the Hockhehimring course. This all happened during Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) season, DTM being Germany&rsquo;s answer to NASCAR racing.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pedal to the metal </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s a whole playlist of video to demonstrate the RS7 going really, really fast. There&rsquo;s in-car footage as well that can be slightly disconcerting to watch. Will we ever really get used to a car going very fast with no one at the wheel?</p> <p>The RS7 is a pretty impressive vehicle with 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbocharged engine. It&rsquo;s rated as having 412kW and 700Nm of torque. Throw in an eight-speed automated gearbox and you&rsquo;d agree it&rsquo;s a sweet ride with or without self-driving tools.</p> <p>With all that horsepower, how is the car controlled autonomously? Well, it&rsquo;s all about sensors. The sensors work hand-in-hand with GPS navigation, digital maps and Audi&rsquo;s proprietary software.</p> <p>The demo lap saw the RS7 take only 1min 57 seconds, which is really impressive for a driverless car. Now, do we want driverless cars to go very fast with no one at the steering wheel?</p> <p>Audi&rsquo;s self-driving tech is still in testing and development, but the company is pretty confident that when self-driving tech&rsquo;s massive rollout happens, that it&rsquo;ll be right there in front with the best.<br /><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/cars">Cars, cars, cars, we keep you in the know</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/20/7024137/watch-a-self-driving-audi-become-the-fastest-autonomous-car-on-the-planet" target="_blank">The Verge</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/DeWriarFlsU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/audi/audi-heats-self-driving-car-competition-demonstrating-how-fast-its-car-can-go/news#comments Audi Cars Self-Driving Cars Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:42:34 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1450970 at http://www.stuff.tv Plug-in baby: Hands on with Audi’s fuel-sipping A3 e-tron Sportback http://www.stuff.tv/my/audi/plug-baby-hands-audi-s-fuel-supping-a3-e-tron-sportback/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Are you riddled with range anxiety? Audi’s plug-in hatchback attempts to deliver green motoring without the battery-based woes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1202" height="900" title="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" alt="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/audi-e-tron-01.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Matthew Bellamy famously bawled something about his plug-in baby crucifying his enemies, and while Audi&rsquo;s latest hybrid hatchback may not intend to slay rivals with such violent conviction, it does plan to introduce stress and emissions-free motoring to the masses.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/leonpoultney" title="View user profile.">Leon Poultney</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Best of both worlds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Those brave enough to take the plunge into all-electric motoring will undoubtedly bemoan the many hurdles: Where do you install the wall charger? How far can you actually drive? How real is the risk of breaking down on the hard shoulder of the M3 in a snowstorm?</p> <p>Although Audi&rsquo;s e-tron still requires a certain amount of commitment on the charging front, it doesn&rsquo;t come with the worry of conking out. Thank the 1.4-litre TFSI engine for that, as it cleverly kicks into action when the 96 individual battery cells that power the 75kW electric motor run low or when the driver requires added grunt.</p> <p>An EV switch on the dash allows the user to toggle between driving modes: &lsquo;EV&rsquo; for all-electric drive, &lsquo;hybrid hold&rsquo; that ensures all battery power is conserved until manually called upon and an &lsquo;auto&rsquo; mode, which decides what power source is best for the situation. There&rsquo;s also a &ldquo;charge&rdquo; setting that replenishes the batteries via the engine.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1202" height="900" title="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" alt="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-e-tron-03.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1202" height="900" title="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" alt="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-e-tron-05.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Deliberately drab </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Previous all-electric offerings and more recent &lsquo;range-extenders&rsquo;, such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i3/review" target="_blank">BMW i3</a>, have purposefully pushed the boundaries of futuristic car design. This is great for making a statement but not so good for tempting the masses away from their fossil fuel burning run-arounds.</p> <p>Audi has ensured its A3 e-tron looks like an, erm, A3, with only a few exterior flourishes marking it out from its comparatively prehistoric brethren. Clues to the e-tron&rsquo;s game-changing intentions mainly reside inside, where a new instrument cluster displays charge, efficiency and boost rather than a typical rev counter and a small digital display highlights battery juice levels and the combined range of the petrol engine and battery cells.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also a smartphone app that allows owners to remotely heat or cool the car, check on battery levels, locate a parked car and ponder fuel efficiency figures of previous journeys. The app is a bit clunky and not nearly as beautiful as the system employed by BMW in its &lsquo;i&rsquo; range.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1202" height="900" title="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" alt="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-e-tron-11.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1202" height="900" title="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" alt="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-e-tron-08.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1202" height="900" title="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" alt="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-e-tron-09.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1202" height="900" title="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" alt="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-e-tron-10.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cruise control </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Expect to motor for approximately 550 miles on a single tank and charge &ndash; that&rsquo;s London to Aberdeen for around &pound;55 &ndash; but that figure can be significantly increased if you can sniff out a high-speed charging point along the way.</p> <p>Audi engineers claim that the A3 e-tron can be recharged in 2 hours 15 minutes via an industrial charger, or around 3 hours 45 minutes from a standard domestic socket. Not ideal if you&rsquo;re relying on battery power alone but the addition of the engine will put an end to awkwardly long waits at service stations.</p> <p>Daily commutes and journeys under 30 miles can be covered using battery alone, meaning congested, noisy and expensive petrol stations can be avoided by the majority of city dwellers with regular access to the charging network or those lucky enough to own a garage with space for a wall socket.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1202" height="900" title="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" alt="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-e-tron-06.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1202" height="900" title="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" alt="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-e-tron-02.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Electric feel </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Those expecting Light Cycle performance from the A3 e-tron may be disappointed. Despite the option of choosing &lsquo;Dynamic&rsquo; mode via the drive selector switch, the combination of front-wheel-drive and an extra 350kg from the hybrid system soon puts an end to properly spirited hoons.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s swift off the line though, with 350Nm torque happily launching this hatchback from the traffic lights quicker than anything else in A3 range (not including the potent S3, that is). The four-cylinder engine - which provides the majority of shove - is a bit noisy, mind.</p> <p>It holds on to gears too long, resulting in an engine note that sounds like someone has thrown a packet of Duracell batteries into a blender. Not nice considering that the silence experienced in all-electric mode rivals that of a Rolls-Royce.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1202" height="900" title="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" alt="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-e-tron-07.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1202" height="900" title="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" alt="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-e-tron-04.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Audi A3 e-tron is certainly one of the most enticing green vehicles of recent years.&nbsp;Early adopters who like their tech to make a loud statement may want to look elsewhere, but it&rsquo;s perfect for those who have an aversion to petrol stations and a healthy respect for the ozone layer.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/audi/audi-r8-lmx-blasts-road-ahead-laserlight-lamps/news" target="_blank">Audi R8 LMX blasts the road ahead with Laserlight lamps</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1202" height="900" title="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" alt="Audi A3 e-tron Sportback" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-e-tron-12.jpg?1405333667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The next level of efficiency </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A range of 550 miles on a single tank of fuel is a headline-grabbing statement in itself but Oscar da Silva Martins, head of Total Vehicle Development at Audi, says the next generation of fuel efficiency is just around the corner.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have tested cars that can complete a journey by coasting 60 per cent of the time,&rdquo; he revealed. The technology is dubbed Predictive Efficiency Assistant and it combines satellite navigation with Audi&rsquo;s Adaptive Cruise Control to precisely calculate the moment a vehicle can disengage the engine or electric motor and coast, thus saving a whole heap of petrol or battery power.</p> <p>Audi engineers are currently analysing and installing topographical information into the respective sat-nav systems, so upcoming hybrid vehicles know exactly when to draw power from the engine and when to hitch a lift with gravity.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/audi/plug-baby-hands-audi-s-fuel-supping-a3-e-tron-sportback/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/audi/plug-baby-hands-audi-s-fuel-supping-a3-e-tron-sportback/feature#comments Audi Cars Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:13:52 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1441820 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff Tripping: Visiting Vienna to drive the Audi A3 e-tron http://www.stuff.tv/my/audi/stuff-tripping-visiting-vienna-drive-audi-a3-e-tron/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You&#039;ve literally never seen a plug-in hybrid like this before </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="5184" height="3456" title="Looking under the hood is easy, but we go one level deeper" alt="Stuff Tripping: Visiting Vienna to drive the Audi A3 e-tron" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/IMG_4150.JPG?1408928678" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We recently flew to Vienna, Austria to experience the new Audi A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid ahead of its launch.&nbsp;</p> <p>Besides being some of the first people in the world to drive it, we also looked under the hood... and went one level deeper, too. To see our full review and feature on how all the tech works though, you&#39;ll need to buy our upcoming August issue, so remember to look out for it.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/melvin-tang" title="View user profile.">Melvin Tang</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Bare Bones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Bet you&#39;ve never seen a plug-in hybrid stripped down to its bare essentials before. These are actually real components, and illustrate just how simple yet complex Audi&#39;s engineering is. Incidentally, it&#39;s also just about the amount of car we&#39;d be able to afford.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="5184" height="3456" title="Excuse me, three quarters of my car seems to be missing" alt="The Bare Bones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_4157.JPG?1408928678" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="5184" height="3456" title="Both engines work together to generate 204hp and 350Nm of torque" alt="The Bare Bones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_4163.JPG?1408928678" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="5184" height="3456" title="The 8.8kwh battery and 40L petrol tank combine to provide up to 900km of range" alt="The Bare Bones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_4160.JPG?1408928678" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All dressed up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It looks much better with clothes on. We like how Audi&#39;s chosen the subtle route when differentiating the e-tron range-topper from the others.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="5184" height="3456" title="Subtle styling sets it a part from the regular A3" alt="All dressed up" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_4250.JPG?1408928678" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="5184" height="3456" title="Subtle styling sets it a part from the regular A3" alt="All dressed up" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_4253.JPG?1408928678" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="5184" height="3456" title="Subtle styling sets it a part from the regular A3" alt="All dressed up" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_4251.JPG?1408928678" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="5184" height="3456" title="Bet you can&#039;t say &quot;three A3 e-trons&quot; three times fast" alt="All dressed up" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_4145.JPG?1408928678" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Over the hills and far away </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nothing like a nice drive through the Austrian countryside to lift your spirits. It&#39;s fun to see where the car&#39;s drawing its power on the NVIDIA-powered MMI display too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="5184" height="3456" title="Audi&#039;s nav system took us on a programmed route through the city and the countryside" alt="Over the hills and far away" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_4234.JPG?1408928678" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="5184" height="3456" title="It&#039;s fun to see the graphical representation of where the car&#039;s power is coming from" alt="Over the hills and far away" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_4240.JPG?1408928678" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="5184" height="3456" title="A view of Vienna" alt="Over the hills and far away" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_4242.JPG?1408928678" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Much engine, very power, wow </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Audi lists their electric motor as being &quot;permanently excited&#39;!</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="5184" height="3456" title="Permanently excited electric motor!" alt="Permanently excited electric motor!" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_4262.JPG?1408928678" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Thinker </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Perhaps Rodin&#39;s Thinker is contemplating buying an A3 e-tron?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="5184" height="3456" title="Perhaps Rodin&#039;s Thinker is contemplating buying an A3 e-tron?" alt="Perhaps Rodin&#039;s Thinker is contemplating buying an A3 e-tron?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_4202.JPG?1408928678" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="5184" height="3456" title="Perhaps Rodin&#039;s Thinker is contemplating buying an A3 e-tron?" alt="Perhaps Rodin&#039;s Thinker is contemplating buying an A3 e-tron?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_4200.JPG?1408928678" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="5184" height="3456" title="Perhaps Rodin&#039;s Thinker is contemplating buying an A3 e-tron?" alt="Perhaps Rodin&#039;s Thinker is contemplating buying an A3 e-tron?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_4199.JPG?1408928678" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Audi Connect </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Audi&#39;s app for the A3 e-tron lets you do a variety of things, including show your car&#39;s location and turn on the aircon, even before you set foot inside it. It also shows you detailed trip data that you can see in even more detail on a special web portal. They&#39;ve even got a special key/phone holder in the car in place of the usual ashtray, which is handy.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="5184" height="3456" title="Special Audi Connect app for iOS and Android" alt="Audi Connect" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_4258.JPG?1408928678" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="5184" height="3456" title="Special key and phone holder in place of the usual ashtray is much more useful" alt="Audi Connect" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_4254.JPG?1408928678" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="5184" height="3456" title="Detailed trip information can be found on a special web portal" alt="Audi Connect" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_4265.JPG?1408928678" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Farewell, Vienna </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We leave you with this breathtaking view of the city from the tallest building in Austria. Till the next Stuff Tripping!</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="5184" height="3456" title="We leave you with this breathtaking view of the city from the tallest building in Austria" alt="We leave you with this breathtaking view of the city from the tallest building i" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_4173.JPG?1408928678" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/audi/stuff-tripping-visiting-vienna-drive-audi-a3-e-tron/feature#comments Audi Cars Hybrid cars Stuff Tripping Thu, 03 Jul 2014 06:20:19 +0000 Melvin Tang 1440870 at http://www.stuff.tv Audi R8 LMX blasts the road ahead with Laserlight lamps http://www.stuff.tv/my/audi/audi-r8-lmx-blasts-road-ahead-laserlight-lamps/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Audi&#039;s latest supercar is its first production vehicle with laser headlights </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Audi R8 LMX" alt="Audi R8 LMX" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/audi-r8-lmx-01.jpg?1399974335" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Laser headlights? Can I use them to zap traffic wardens? </strong><br />No such luck &ndash; these aren&#39;t James Bond-style death rays, they&#39;re Audi&#39;s new Laserlight headlights. Previously seen on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/audi/icon-%E2%80%93-r18-e-tron-quattro/news" target="_blank">Audi R18 e-tron</a> and the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/audi/ces-2014/audi-sport-quattro-laserlight-debut-ces/news" target="_blank">Sport Quattro Laserlight</a> concept car at CES, they&#39;re making their debut on a production car. A very exclusive car, in fact; the Audi R8 LMX. Audi&#39;s Laserlight headlights&nbsp;combine blue laser beams run through a phosphor converter with matrix LEDs to illuminate the road up to 500m ahead of the car &ndash; delivering twice the luminosity of standard LED headlights.</p> <p><strong>Hold on, won&#39;t that blind drivers coming towards you? </strong><br />Nope &ndash; Audi&#39;s kitted out the R8 LMX with an &quot;intelligent camera-based sensor system&quot; that detects other road users and adjusts the light pattern to avoid them.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Nice. What about the rest of the car? Is it just an ordinary R8 with laser headlights? </strong><br />Leaving aside the fact that you can hardly call Audi&#39;s flagship supercar &quot;ordinary,&quot; the LMX has had a power boost over the standard R8. The V10 engine&#39;s output has been bumped up to 562bhp &ndash; 20 more horses than the standard R8 V10. It&#39;ll get you from 0-62mph acceleration in 3.4 seconds and has a top speed of 198mph; that&#39;s 0.1 seconds and 1mph faster than the R8.</p> <p><strong>Does it come in black?</strong><br />No, Bruce Wayne, it doesn&#39;t. You can have any colour as long as it&#39;s blue &ndash; the Ara Blue paint scheme shown above, in fact. You also get carbon fibre detailing, exclusive wheels with red brake calipers and a black Nappa interior with blue stitching. What you don&#39;t get is the luxury of choice, which is surprising, considering the car&#39;s &euro;210,000 (RM935,593) base price. There are only 99 of the cars being made, though, so you&#39;d better get a move on.</p> <p><strong>But I want lasers on my car!</strong><br />Well, Audi&#39;s not the only manufacturer kitting out its cars with laser headlights; the equally expensive <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/bmw-i8-priced-world-s-coolest-hybrid-100000/news" target="_blank">BMW i8</a> will also feature laser lights as an option. Take your pick.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/new-562bhp-audi-r8-lmx-laser-headlights-revealed" target="_blank">Autocar</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/rezvani-beast-atom-charged-powerhouse/news" target="_blank">Rezvani Beast is an Atom-charged powerhouse</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Audi R8 LMX" alt="Audi R8 LMX" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-r8-lmx-07.jpg?1399974335" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Audi R8 LMX" alt="Audi R8 LMX" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-r8-lmx-02.jpg?1399974335" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Audi R8 LMX" alt="Audi R8 LMX" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-r8-lmx-08.jpg?1399974335" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Audi R8 LMX" alt="Audi R8 LMX" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-r8-lmx-04.jpg?1399974335" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/audi/audi-r8-lmx-blasts-road-ahead-laserlight-lamps/news#comments Audi Cars Hot Stuff Mon, 12 May 2014 14:52:29 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1437027 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: 1TB Blu-ray format revealed, Audi A3 gets a 4G connection and Hitchhiker’s Guide game re-released http://www.stuff.tv/my/audi/fully-charged-new-blu-ray-format-revealed-audi-a3-gets-4g-connection-and-hitchhiker-s-guide-gam <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All the day’s best tech news stories crammed into one easy-to-read page </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Audi A3 Sedan" alt="Audi A3 Sedan" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/audi-a3-sedan.jpg?1394586035" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Audi A3 to be first US car with a 4G data connection </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Audi has announced that its 2015 A3 Sedan will be the first North American car to come with a built-in 4G LTE connection. The data will come courtesy of AT&amp;T and be available in two plans: a six-month plan with a total of 5GB of data and a 30-month plan with 30GB (no pricing details have been confirmed as yet). All A3s with the connection available will come with a six-month free trial of the tech, however, and an accompanying app will ensure it plays nice with your smartphone &ndash; ensuring you don&rsquo;t have to fiddle with your phone while you&rsquo;re behind the wheel.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.electronista.com/articles/14/03/10/offerings.available.at.first.for.2015.a3.will.be.added.to.other.vehicles/" target="_blank">Electronista</a>]</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony’s new Blu-ray can store up to 1TB of data </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony and Panasonic have announced the Archival Disc, a next-generation version of Blu-ray that can store 20 times the amount of data: 1TB to a standard Blu-ray&rsquo;s 50GB.</p> <p>The format, which is designed for professional rather than consumer use, will launch in the summer of 2015. The first available discs will offer 300GB of storage, with 500GB and 1TB versions following later. The discs are write-once and intended for storage use in the likes of film archives and cloud data centres &ndash; so don&rsquo;t expect to see a PS4 update adding Archival Disc compatibility any time soon.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.gamespot.com/articles/sony-announces-next-gen-blu-ray-disc-can-store-up-to-1tb-of-data/1100-6418200/" target="_blank">GameSpot</a>]</strong></p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/67148485@N05/6834726796/in/photolist-bpXLab-baGKjZ-8zufVs-dNFvJy-dYVCnn-jB4LQq-eAY4aD-7FBbqc-bAXv9q-7ynaa2-9JZ41M-dJcpSC-dJcn5f-7DmpFN-8nWZB2-eB2bLb-9fRF5z-9jsSYE-9fULWj-bs3qvX-ejEsNK-ejEsNn-k6H1nU-eg3e5x-dNZdS8-dK54kN-dK54fJ-9urDxE-7W2Zh7-7FBbox-jdhHEa-dM1ayN-dLUAz6-9GcpHy-9tGsQ7-8NaoMN-ejEsP8-ejEjDk-ejEjD2-99ASYk-99E14Y-7zmTbd-7AzgwW-cgXJPy" target="_blank">Dwayne Bent</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony’s new Blu-ray can store up to 1TB of data" alt="Sony’s new Blu-ray can store up to 1TB of data" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/optical-disc.jpg?1394586035" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy game remastered for 30th anniversary </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The video game adaptation of The Hitchhiker&rsquo;s Guide to the Galaxy is one of the most famously difficult text-based adventures of all time, but don&rsquo;t take our word for it &ndash; the BBC has <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1g84m0sXpnNCv84GpN2PLZG/the-hitchhiker-s-guide-to-the-galaxy-game-30th-anniversary-edition" target="_blank">restored it to life</a> (and added a great deal of spit and polish) for its 30th anniversary, and now you can play it in your web browser.</p> <p>Like we say, it&rsquo;s difficult and you will die a heck of a lot (so don&rsquo;t forget to save regularly), but it&rsquo;s also incredibly amusing and very, very British. So pull on your tatty dressing gown, make yourself a cuppa and enjoy.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="737" title="The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy game remastered for 30th anniversary" alt="The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy game remastered for 30th anniversary" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hhgttg-game.jpg?1394586035" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 
Vimeo On Demand gets fresh lick of paint </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Vimeo has revamped its On Demand experience with a brand new storefront that bundles together themed videos in four specially curated collections and 18 separate genre pages. The revamp also offers a My Library section that shows a user&rsquo;s viewing history and any titles that have been rented or purchased, and dynamic title cards that show off posters, trailers and descriptions for content. You can check it out for yourself <a href="http://vimeo.com/ondemand" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="1880" title="
Vimeo On Demand gets fresh lick of paint" alt="
Vimeo On Demand gets fresh lick of paint" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/vimeo-on-demand.jpg?1394586035" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/audi/fully-charged-new-blu-ray-format-revealed-audi-a3-gets-4g-connection-and-hitchhiker-s-guide-gam#comments Apps and Games Audi Blu-ray and DVD Cars Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:38:05 +0000 Nigel Yap 1433586 at http://www.stuff.tv New Audi TT has all the angles covered http://www.stuff.tv/my/audi/new-audi-tt-has-all-angles-covered/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Audi&#039;s sporty number gets an angular refresh at the Geneva Motor Show </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Audi TT" alt="Audi TT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/audi-tt-hotstuff.jpg?1393983404" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>That&#39;s an angry-looking car.</strong><br />It&#39;s the third-generation Audi TT, which has just been revealed to the eyes of the world at the Geneva Motor Show. Audi has taken the curved lines of the current TT and added angular detailing reminiscent of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/audi/ces-2014/audi-sport-quattro-laserlight-debut-ces/news" target="_blank">Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight</a>&nbsp;seen at CES 2014, with sharp lines on its radiator grille and headlights and a redesigned rear end. Inside, you get a swanky digital instrument panel that can also display the sat nav, plus a larger interior.</p> <p><strong>A larger interior? So it&#39;s bigger, right? New models are always bigger.</strong><br />The new TT is actually slightly smaller than the current model; 20mm shorter and 8mm narrower than its predecessor. It&#39;s also 50kg lighter than the outgoing model, thanks in part to its being built on the VW Group&#39;s MQB platform &ndash; a modular architecture that forms the underpinnings to the Golf, Skoda Octavia and Audi A3.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Oh. What about under the bonnet?</strong><br />The basic TT comes with a four-cylinder 2.0l engine that pumps out 227bhp for a 0-62mph time of 6.0 seconds, while the 306bhp TT S will get you there in 4.7 seconds.</p> <p>For real petrolheads, there&#39;s also a TT RS model coming in 2015, with a 0-62mph time of 4 seconds and a seven-speed S-tronic transmission. The Quattro four-wheel drive system comes as standard on the TT S model, and is an option on the standard front-wheel drive TT.</p> <p><strong>Okay&nbsp;&ndash; how much is it, and when can I have one sitting in my drive?</strong><br />UK pricing for the car has yet to be confirmed &ndash; it&#39;ll hit our shores in late 2014, with the TT RS following in 2015.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/geneva-motor-show/new-audi-tt-revealed" target="_blank">Autocar</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ios-invade-your-cars/news" target="_blank">Apple CarPlay puts your iPhone on your car dashboard</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Audi TT" alt="Audi TT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-tt-03.jpg?1393983404" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Audi TT" alt="Audi TT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-tt-02.jpg?1393983404" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Audi TT" alt="Audi TT" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-tt-04.jpg?1393983404" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/audi/new-audi-tt-has-all-angles-covered/news#comments Audi Cars Hot Stuff Tue, 04 Mar 2014 12:27:52 +0000 Elissa Loi 1433261 at http://www.stuff.tv Video preview: Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight - futuristic, laser-equipped headlights impress at CES http://www.stuff.tv/my/audi/ces-2014/video-preview-audi-sport-quattro-laserlight-futuristic-laser-equipped-headlights-impre <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Audi unveils its impressive car concept, complete with laser-toting headlights – prepare to be dazzled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Video preview: Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight - futuristic, laser-equipped headlights impress at CES" alt="Video preview: Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight - futuristic, laser-equipped headli" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202014-01-16%20at%2010.28.22.png?1389922409" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3061296121001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3061296121001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/my/audi/ces-2014/video-preview-audi-sport-quattro-laserlight-futuristic-laser-equipped-headlights-impre#comments Audi CES 2014 Transport Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:27:40 +0000 Nigel Yap 1431377 at http://www.stuff.tv We sneak a peek at Audi's laser-packing Sport Quattro Laserlight http://www.stuff.tv/my/audi/ces-2014/audi-sport-quattro-laserlight-debut-ces/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Everything is better with lasers. Everything [updated with video] </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight" alt="Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/audi-quattro-laserlight-01_0_1.jpg?1390014897" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Audi&#39;s brought something a bit different to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/ces-2014/ces-2014-must-read-news-best-day-one/news" target="_blank">CES</a>: a car that&#39;s kitted out with lasers.</p> <p>Sadly, the Audi Quattro Laserlight can&#39;t blast traffic wardens out of existence with death rays &ndash; these light beams are strictly for safety.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 95mpg from the hybrid engine </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The car is a hybrid, combining a four-litre bi-turbo V8 turbo engine with a plug-in electric drive. The battery supports over 30 miles of all-electric driving, but the combustion engine can push the Sport Quattro Laserlight to impressive speeds &ndash; it&rsquo;ll go from 0 to&nbsp;100km/h&nbsp;in 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of just under 305km/h. The hybrid system &ndash; and the car&rsquo;s lightweight build &ndash; means that you&rsquo;ll get fuel consumption of around 95 miles to the gallon.</p> <p>On the interior side of things, there&rsquo;s a next-gen touchscreen panel inside that, thanks to an Nvidia Tegra 30 processor, provides hi-res 3D graphics for entertainment, navigation and information, rather than the usual flat set of buttons and images.</p> <p>As with most concepts, there&rsquo;s not much chance of seeing this on the road in its current form any time soon &ndash; but the tech inside and out could well find itself cropping up on Audi cars of the near future.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/ces-2014/ces-2014-all-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">CES 2014 - the biggest news so far, live from Las Vegas</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/ces-2014/2014-ces-hot-stuff-awards-winners-meet-10-best-launches-show/feature" target="_blank">2014 CES Hot Stuff Awards - the 10 best launches from the show</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3061296121001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3061296121001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight" alt="Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-quattro-laserlight-02_1.jpg?1390014897" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight" alt="Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-quattro-laserlight-03_1.jpg?1390014897" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight" alt="Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-quattro-laserlight-04_1.jpg?1390014897" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight" alt="Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/audi-quattro-laserlight-05_1.jpg?1390014897" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2014 CES Hot Stuff Award winner </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/ces-2014/2014-ces-hot-stuff-awards-winners-meet-10-best-launches-show/feature" target="_blank">The Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight is one of our 2014 CES Hot Stuff Awards winners &ndash; click here to read about the rest</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/audi/ces-2014/audi-sport-quattro-laserlight-debut-ces/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/audi/ces-2014/audi-sport-quattro-laserlight-debut-ces/news#comments Audi Cars CES 2014 Fri, 17 Jan 2014 13:08:47 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1430628 at http://www.stuff.tv Google, Drive: Why you should be pumped about self-driving cars http://www.stuff.tv/my/audi/google-drive-why-you-should-be-pumped-about-self-driving-cars/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Robot vehicles aren&#039;t some far-off tech dream. They&#039;re already on the road, and they&#039;re set to transform driving in the very near future </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1102" height="826" title="Why you should be pumped about self-driving cars" alt="Why you should be pumped about self-driving cars" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-car.jpg?1387766455" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We may not have jetpacks and hoverboards yet, but when it comes to transport of the future we are literally <em>that</em> close to robot chauffeurs who will whisk you from work to home while you put your feet up in the back seat and unwind.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/adamoxford" title="View user profile.">Adam Oxford</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> I&#039;d heard Google was making self-driving cars, but they also think the internet comes in balloons. They&#039;re crazy, aren&#039;t they? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The search engine&#39;s self-driving cars have been terrifying VIP visitors to the Googleplex for a couple of years now. The project was first unveiled in 2010, when it drove out of the fabled X Lab in a state far more mature and road-worthy than many could believe.</p> <p>Just three years earlier, six teams from around the world built self-driving cars that could complete the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DARPA_Grand_Challenge" target="_blank">DARPA Grand Challenge</a>, but the fastest could only average 14mph. It was fun, but not exactly practical for fetching the shopping. The Google car, with its road-worthy intelligence, was seemingly generations ahead of everyone else.</p> <p>And thanks to Google&#39;s ingenuity and clout, the idea has caught on fast. Most motor manufacturers are investigating the tech, and city planners from San Francisco to Soweto talk about them with enthusiasm.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1165" height="874" title="Why you should be pumped about self-driving cars" alt="Why you should be pumped about self-driving cars" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-car-2.jpg?1387766455" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> I bet they&#039;re expensive, though? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google typically uses Toyota Priuses (of course) with a US$150,000 (RM487,275) custom rig of cameras and laser beam radar systems on top that provide the on-board computer with a real-time 360 degree view of everything that&#39;s going on around it.</p> <p>However, commercial self-driving cars shouldn&#39;t command quite such a premium. The University of Oxford has shown off a prototype named &#39;RoboCar&#39; &ndash; who said academics were no fun? - that costs just &pound;5,000 (RM26,428) today.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/INHAKsQ9NfA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> But robot cars? Surely they can&#039;t be safe. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>More than three and a half thousand people are killed on the roads every single day &ndash; 50% of whom aren&#39;t travelling in cars at the time. So tell us again about those wonderful human reaction times and how awesome your driving is.</p> <p>The reason tech firms from Motorola to Microsoft and transport planners are excited about autonomous cars is because taking driving out of human hands could be one of the most effective ways of saving lives since smallpox was eradicated.</p> <p>Google&#39;s cars have already proved themselves safer than human drivers, with just two minor accidents on record. One was the fault of the human driver, who had taken temporary control, the other was a rear-end shunt while the robot car was stationary.</p> <p>By continually drawing 3D maps taken from lots of sensors and comparing them against each other in real-time, the promise of robot cars are vehicles that are so aware of their surroundings it&#39;s almost impossible to crash into them. The theory is that autonomous cars are vehicles that are better at keeping following distances, don&#39;t shoot red lights and can brake harder, faster and more safely when they detect danger around them.</p> <p>Oh, and without human interference there&#39;d be no chancing it with split second red lights or undertaking to worry about. And since there&#39;d be bunching up on motorways and creating pointless traffic bottlenecks, or heavy feet to stamp on the accelerator, traffic would move faster, more efficiently and use less fuel too. Keeping traffic flowing safely and smoothly would also negate the effect that gridlock and traffic jams have on local economies too. At least, that&#39;s the theory.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> I&#039;d never let a car drive me – what if there&#039;s a literal blue screen of death? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That&#39;s why current legislation &ndash; where it even exists &ndash; insists that there has to be a driver who can take control if the autonomous system stops working. Ultimately, though, if all cars were autonomous, it wouldn&#39;t matter if one went rogue or broke down &ndash; the others would already know.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How would they know? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The current state of research into self-driving cars is mainly focussed on giving vehicles the intelligence to be aware of their surroundings and react to them. Cameras, laser beams, GPS receivers and other sensors festoon the surface of these vehicles so that they can spot potential problems &ndash; like someone racing up too fast behind you or a pothole in the road ahead &ndash; and taking appropriate action.</p> <p>The next stage of development, however, is to get cars talking together over local networks or even 4G connections. That way, the cars could self-organise into the most efficient and safe driving patterns possible, something that researchers at <a href="http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/solving-cities/the-highway-of-the-future-is-273-more-efficient/" target="_blank">IEEE</a> believe could increase the capacity of our roads by 273%.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Why you should be pumped about self-driving cars" alt="Why you should be pumped about self-driving cars" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/volvo-self-driving-car-how_0.jpg?1387766455" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> But really, the technology must be years off? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Mercedes-Benz already has a semi-autonomous version of its S-Class out now. That car has an augmented cruise control which can keep you in the centre of a motorway lane. GM and Volvo both plan to release more mass-market cars with similar systems within the next three years.</p> <p>The biggest news, however, is that just a week after Nissan said it would have fully autonomous cars on the streets by 2020, Volvo announced that it will trial a fleet of 100 self-driving vehicles in its home town of Gothenburg, Sweden by 2017.</p> <p>These will be safe enough, says Volvo, that the drivers won&#39;t have to monitor the car&#39;s behaviour constantly and will be able to relax and read the paper as they go.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Isn&#039;t Volvo a little, well, sensible to be getting into exciting things like robot cars? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Swedish government has set itself the ambitious target of zero traffic fatalities by 2020 &ndash; Volvo itself says it wants no-one to be killed by one of its (new) cars by the same date.</p> <p>We even spent time driving (well, not driving) Volvo&#39;s autonomous car last year. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/volvo/we-test-drive-volvos-self-driving-car/feature" target="_blank">And we were impressed</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2524662355001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2524662355001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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Next you&#039;ll be telling me Milton Keynes is on the cutting edge... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Actually Milton Keynes is so far beyond the cutting edge on this one it&#39;s doubled round and knocked itself out on the blunt side of the knife. A fleet of 100 pod-like vehicles capable of travelling at up to 12mph is set to arrive in the town some time in 2017, following a vanguard attack of 20 such vehicles next year.</p> <p>The space-y looking pods seat two people, and the initial batch will only be able to move down specially designated pathways. The second wave, however, will be equipped with sensors for avoiding collisions and be allowed to share routes with pedestrians.</p> <p>David Cameron has also said that he wants to go further, and make the UK a leader in driverless car tech.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2524620831001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2524620831001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Driverless pods in Milton Keynes? Is this the Reliant Robin of the future? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You do know Reliant built an electric sportscar that predated the Tesla by 30 years, don&#39;t you?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1025" height="769" title="Why you should be pumped about self-driving cars" alt="Why you should be pumped about self-driving cars" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/robin.jpg?1387766455" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Everything I know is wrong. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, it probably is.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Future, meet self-driving cars </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-car_0.jpg?1388461044" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/audi/google-drive-why-you-should-be-pumped-about-self-driving-cars/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/audi/google-drive-why-you-should-be-pumped-about-self-driving-cars/feature#comments Audi BMW Ford Google Self-Driving Cars Volvo Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:24:25 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1430213 at http://www.stuff.tv Audi Connect hands-on review http://www.stuff.tv/my/audi/audi-connect-hands-review/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff.tv hits the road in the Audi A3 Saloon – and gets hands-on with the latest and greatest version of the Audi Connect infotainment system </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Audi A3 Saloon" alt="Audi A3 Saloon" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Audi-A3-Saloon-front.jpg?1380160537" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Not that long ago it was considered impressive if a car had electric windows, cup holders and a CD player.</p> <p>Now in our tech-obsessed age, modern-day motors are becoming a hive of gizmos in a bid to stand out from the herd. Tiredness detection, clever satellite navigation, sensors that can read road signs ─ it's almost the stuff of science fiction.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/ben-griffin" title="View user profile.">Ben Griffin</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Folding display goodness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Stepping into the Audi A3 Saloon, the 7in colour MMI 11mm deep display used to display all infotainment features remains hidden under the dashboard until you turn the ignition. At this point up, it folds out into view in impressively smooth fashion. Q from James Bond would almost certainly be impressed.</p> <p>The display is large enough to see without hunching over but not so large it looks comical and obscures the view ahead. Although not full HD, everything looks crisp, colours look correct and we never once struggled to see what was going on, even in relatively bright conditions. Sadly, the sun was behind clouds, so we can’t speak to how well it’ll perform in direct sunlight.</p> <p>It's worth noting the standard 5.8in QVGA display is of a lower resolution and lacks the 3D mapping capability of its larger cousin. The 7in display comes part of the optional Technology package.</p> <p>Naturally, the system also comes with Bluetooth connectivity so you can link up your smartphone to make and answer calls and digital radio. You’d hope so, for a grand and a half.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Audi A3 Saloon" alt="Audi A3 Saloon" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Audi-A3-Saloon.jpg?1380160537" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Audi Connect" alt="Audi Connect" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Audi-Connect-3.jpg?1380160537" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can&#039;t touch this </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As a newbie to the MMI system for navigating around Audi Connect, it really didn't take long to master how to use it. In the centre of the car is a wheel with a button on top. Beside that is a button that says menu. No prizes for guessing what this does.</p> <p>Once pressed, a series of icons laid out in a 3D circle (each clearly named) present themselves; you twist the aforementioned wheel to move between them. It's a simple system that lets you jump between one function and another without any thinking, which is reassuring when your eyes need to be on the road ahead.</p> <p>Next to the menu button is a back button that takes you back out of each function. So easy a monkey could do it.</p> <p>At first, we did try to press the display as if it was a touchscreen and wondered why Audi had stuck with buttons. However, after using the wheel system all day, it becomes apparent that it’s a safer option; memorising the layout is easier than mashing at the screen with your finger.</p> <p>More complex tasks are handled by pressing two buttons that correspond with what is seen on the right and left of the display. This did take a few minutes to sink in but made a great deal of sense.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="MMI system" alt="MMI system" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Audi-Connect-MMI.jpg?1380160537" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4G, baby </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Rather than be content with boring old 3G, the Audi A3 Saloon has a device in the glove box that can accommodate a 4G-enabled SIM-card – making it the world's first car to do so.</p> <p>Sadly, we were unable to test out the loading speeds afforded by super fast mobile broadband as the test venue was out in the sticks of Ascot. On a mere 3G signal it's not instantly snappy but proved plenty fast enough for our needs.</p> <p>Usefully, next to the SIM-card slot are two SDXC clots so you can add music to a 10GB flash drive or even a few pictures. This feature, however, is reserved for the aforementioned Technology pack in the A3 Saloon and the new S3/S3 Sportback.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Audi Connect" alt="Audi Connect" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Audi-Connect-1.jpg?1380160537" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A wheely good screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fortunately, that extra dosh makes the wheel into a touch control. Rather than type out letters using the control wheel, you can draw a letter on top with your finger for a postcode; Audi Connect will work out what letter it was and put it on screen. In case you need to add a space, you can draw a horizontal line. Clever stuff – and surprisingly accurate in practice.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Audi Connect" alt="Audi Connect" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Audi-Connect-4.jpg?1380160537" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Features galore </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So what exactly can Audi Connect offer you? Well, it has navigation based on Inrix data, so getting from A to B should be a painless process. The benefit of Inrix is that Audi Connect can tell you where the nearest petrol station is and, better still, the price of the fuel. Handily, our petrol A3 Saloon only gave us petrol prices, so no confusion there.</p> <p>To make life very easy, it only takes an extra press to then navigate to the nearest petrol station – or one with a price per litre you deem acceptable. The navigation will open up and guide you turn by turn to fill up on liquid gold, sparing you those frightening moments when you think you are coasting on fumes.</p> <p>This same system is applied to all other features. You can look for local events and then see when the event is going on before choosing to navigate to it. There's also flight information, train times, weather forecasts and parking information, with details on exactly how much you will be ripped off, sorry, pay.</p> <p>Just in case you're worried Audi is asking you to read lots of text, a robotic-sounding woman will read out a news story, event details or whatever else you have on screen, so you can concentrate on driving. This voice works out useful and comical in equal measure because some words and names sound utterly ridiculous when pronounced by her dulcet tones.</p> <p>Yes, we mentioned news. A spokesperson for Audi tells us that you can customise your news sources using the myAudi website – so in theory you could have the latest Stuff.tv musings read out to you as you commute to and from work. Failing that, there are a number of preset sources to keep you informed about global goings-on.</p> <p>Last but not least is the Picture Destination function. This allows you to navigate using Google Maps through a StreetView-esque interface – certain buildings appear in 3D, so it's easier to identify where you are.</p> <p>Cleverly, if you set your home as an address, Audi Connect will only use a picture of your home street, not your actual house (unless you live at the end of a cul-de-sac, in which case, that's unlucky). This is in case your car is stolen and the thief tries to work out where you live. In this scenario, you can also disable the Twitter and Facebook access using the myAudi website, so no worries about them posting “lol I just got my car nicked” on your Twitter feed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Audi Connect" alt="Audi Connect" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Audi-Connect-6.jpg?1380160537" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Audi Connect" alt="Audi Connect" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Audi-Connect-8.jpg?1380160537" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sociable driver </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Because you need to register for a myAudi account and provide the VIN number for your vehicle to use Facebook and Twitter services, we can only guess how well it works. But we do know that you can supposedly post updates to either social network while on the move, if that sort of thing floats your boat.</p> <p>We're not entirely sold on the premise, but if it stops people from checking their smartphone when at the wheel we're all for it. Ultimately, that YouTube cat video everyone keeps talking about can wait until you get home, surely?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Audi Connect" alt="Audi Connect" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Audi-Connect-5.jpg?1380160537" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Summary </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There's always a danger that cars with too much technology can bamboozle drivers and therefore make driving more dangerous, but the Audi A3 Saloon's infotainment system was easy enough to use that our attention remained on the road ahead. Minus the somewhat odd addition of Facebook and Twitter, everything was there to benefit the driver, making it useful for just about anyone behind the wheel.</p> <p>As to whether you should buy the Audi S3 Saloon or the new Audi S3/Sportback, well, that's for another review...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Audi Connect" alt="Audi Connect" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Audi-Connect-8_0.jpg?1380160537" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/audi/audi-connect-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/audi/audi-connect-hands-review/feature#comments Audi Cars Thu, 26 Sep 2013 01:55:38 +0000 Nigel Yap 1427115 at http://www.stuff.tv