Audi’s just unveiled its brand new A1 Sportback Concept — a hybrid car with some very unusual-sounding gadgetry.
Its most eye-catching addition is the second-generation ‘Audi mobile device’ system. This links your mobile phone to the car via WLAN or 3G, and allows you to control many of the vehicle’s features remotely. For example, it’s possible to start the engine and the heating system while you’re lying in bed, and — once you’ve got your clothes on — to unlock the car’s doors.
The Audi mobile device system has built-in GPS, so you can plan your trip before you even get into the car. It’ll give you guidance as normal, and will continue to do so even when you’ve left the vehicle. That’s fantastic news for anyone who often parks some distance from their ultimate destination.
Currently, there’s no word on what specific mobiles the system is compatible with, but word is, it’ll work perfectly well with plenty of phones that are commercially available today.