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Audi Wants to Eliminate all Buttons in its Interiors

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 11/27/2014 Erick Ayapana

The Audi Prologue concept, which was unveiled at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show, is a glimpse into the automaker’s future design language. A new report, however, suggests that the Prologue also hints at Audi’s future goals for its infotainment systems that will eventually phase out all buttons and knobs in favor of an all-digital and touchscreen setup.

The report comes from our colleagues at AUTOMOBILE, who chatted with Professor Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi’s board member of technical development. Audi Ulrich Hackenberg And Marc Lichte© Provided by MotorTrend Audi Ulrich Hackenberg And Marc Lichte

"I think there will be one day where it is zero," he told AUTOMOBILE regarding physical buttons. "I think the customer today is used to touchscreens. It's not a problem for the customer to handle it."

The Prologue concept essentially had zero physical buttons, with a cockpit showcasing organic light emitting diodes (OLED) throughout. A touchscreen to the left of the steering wheel, for example, controls lighting and driver assistance systems, while the passenger-side dashboard allows control of infotainment options. Audi’s current MMI infotainment system doesn't use a touchscreen, instead relying on a knob and a cluster of buttons or toggle switches located on the center tunnel. Audi has already started to simplify its MMI system in some models including the 2016 TT, which features an all-digital, driver-focused instrument panel as the sole display for all car functions and infotainment. The upcoming R8 will also get a similar setup.


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