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Audi A8: Honored with Edmunds.com Technology Breakthrough Award

Audi A8

The Audi A8 has been awarded with the Edmunds.com Technology Breakthrough Award. Congrats, right choice!

Audi’s flagship 2011 A8 sedan is the winner of the 2011 Edmunds.com Breakthrough Technology Award. The award is given each year to a vehicle that sets the standard for intuitive, practical and affordable technology that enhances safety and convenience for drivers and passengers. Any new vehicle available for sale within the U.S. within the last year is eligible.

The 2011 Audi A8 stands out because of two innovative technologies: MMI Touch and Google Earth mapping. MMI Touch, the first automotive touchpad application, allows drivers to input characters for navigation destinations or access contacts in a connected Bluetooth phone by tracing them with a finger. The interface is also backed with voice-recognition for those who prefer not to input this information digitally. The Audi A8 is also the first car to use Google Earth for nav system mapping to give drivers a more realistic view of their surroundings.