According tomedia reports, Audi has confirmed that its next-generation infotainment system will be launched this fall, most of the 2021 models will receive this MMI upgrade. It is reported that the new MIB 3 (modular infotainment kit) will replace the previous version with a 10x performance boost, while Audi will change the way it bundles WiFi hotspots and bring new SiriusXM features.
At first glance, the MMI Generation 3 system looks very similar to Audi’s current infotainment UI. It can be split into two touch screens or compressed into a single touch screen on the center console depending on the model, and it can also be paired with Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, or digital meter cluster.
MIB 3, however, has more than it appears. First, it will feature Audi’s first SiriusXM 360L, combining satellite broadcasting with streaming content. Most 2021 Audi models will use it as an option or standard. At the same time, by creating an Audi car profile, it will be easier to organize your personal collection settings.
At the same time, hybrid digital broadcasting will support FM and HD FM broadcasts. MIB 3 will automatically switch to online streaming when the car is out of range of the channel. The system returns when it recognizes that it has a better FM reception.
The Audi Connection 3rd generation now bundles the basic unlimited WiFi option into the Audi Connection PRIME. The service costs $199 (six months) or $499 (18 months). Currently, the WiFi hotspot service is part of the Audi Connect PLUS package and costs an additional $20 per month.
In order to support eight WiFi devices at the same time, Audi has sought data network support from Verizon. MIB 3 will use an LTE Advanced Pro modem, which is known to download up to 1 Gbps and is equipped with a WiFi 802.11ac router (2.4GHz/5GHz support). In the background, a new Linux-based operating system and high-definition voice communication support were added.
Audi said WiFi hotspots would also offer more flexible packages, although the company has not released details. Other features of MIB 3 will include an integrated fee-for-charge module option, automatic support for Amazon Alexa, and more. At the same time, there will be a new market experience in the myAudi app, which will offer PRIME and PLUS subscriptions while also adding navigation capabilities to vehicles that didn’t have as many devices configured in the first place.
According to Audi, the MIB 3 will include the Audi A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, Q3, Q5, Q7 and Q8. The first support vehicles are expected to be available in the second half of 2020.