- How does Virtual Cockpit work?
- Do you need it on your car?
- Parkers explains the tech
Audi's Virtual Cockpit is a digital screen that replaces the analogue speedometer and rev counter with digital dials. There is also space for sat-nav, music or telephone information to be displayed.
How does Virtual Cockpit work?
It uses a 12.3-inch screen nestled in the dashboard, controlled by a dial and left/right buttons housed on the steering wheel.
Using these you can select between the trip computer, radio/media info, a telephone screen and a large sat-nav display. The rev counter and speedometer are always there, but can be made smaller or larger depending on preference.
Audi's S and RS cars feature a larger central rev counter with shift lights, and smaller auxiliary displays such as tyre temperature and a g-meter (measures g-forces on the car when driving).
Do I need it?
It doesn't really do anything that you can't do with standard dials, other than allowing you to display turn-by-turn sat-nav instructions on the Virtual Cockpit screen, and a trip overview on the main central screen.
You don't really need it, but it is a rather cool gadget to have nonetheless...