Audi's innovative Virtual Cockpit technology has won the inaugural 'Tech of the Year' award at the first Car Tech Awards.
Placed in the instrument binnacle behind the steering wheel, the virtual cockpit provides Audi drivers with all the relevant information without the need to move their eyes too far from the road.
With a 12.3-inch TFT display, the high resolution screen shows detailed graphics for the entire range of features, from the navigation system to the entertainment accessories. The virtual cockpit is controlled by the multifunctional steering wheel, switching between infotainment and classic views, with the rev counter and tachometer always displayed. In the S, RS and R8 models, there is a third display for the dynamic driving modes displayed.
First shown in the Audi TT in 2014, the display has become an integral accessory for the Audi range, being used in more than half of the models on offer.
The award was decided by automotive and technology journalists from CarBuyer and Alphr, and editor of CarBuyer, Stuart Milne, said:
We were endlessly impressed with virtual cockpit, and the more you use it, the better it gets. Its performance is outstanding, graphics are crisp and when the 12.3in screen is given over to navigation functions, mapping has never been clearer. With all this in mind, virtual cockpit is a must have feature across most of Audi's models. If there's one piece of in-car technology that defines 2016, and will lead the way over the coming years, its' Audi virtual cockpit."
For more information on the virtual cockpit and the models it can be fitted to, contact your nearest Inchcape Audi Centre.