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Marvell and Harman Bringing Integrated Mobile Hotspot Options to Automobiles

Marvell and Harman Bringing Integrated Mobile Hotspot Options to Automobiles

When it comes to the automotive industry, there's plenty of big names to play around with, as you think about what kind of features you want to have installed. It gets better when two huge companies, linked to the automotive industry, team up to bring you the coolest in new features, already tucked away inside. So what happens when you get one of the biggest names in-vehicle infotainment (Harman), and one of the largest names in integrated silicon solutions (Marvell)? You get integrated WiFi, of course.

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2011 Audi A8 packed with tech: handwriting recognition, 1,400W B&O audio, more

2011 Audi A8 packed with tech: handwriting recognition, 1,400W B&O audio, more

With what must be a strong candidate for the longest press release of 2009, Audi have launched their new flagship, the Audi A8.  Since we usually save our interest in cars for only the most outlandishly technical or geekily endearing, the new A8 earns its place by bolstering its multimedia interface (MMI) with handwriting recognition, an optional 1,400W Bang & Olufsen audio system, twin 10.2-inch displays for the rear-seat passengers, and a 20GB hard-drive for digital media.

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Audi e-tron electric R8 packs monster torque

Audi e-tron electric R8 packs monster torque

The e-tron may sound like a 60s robot from a bad sci-fi film, but in actual fact it's a hand-built electric concept car from Audi.  Based on their R8 supercar, the Audi e-tron packs not one but four 230kW (313bhp) electric motors, one for each wheel, for a total of 3319lb/ft of torque, 0-60mph times of 4.8s and a (limited) top speed of 125mph, without killing any rhinos, pandas or polar bears in the process (unless they jump out into the road).

Audi working on 2-door Cabriolet

Audi working on 2-door Cabriolet

It will have 2 doors, 4 seats, and a push button drop top. Its being called the Audi Cross Cabriolet, and Audi is calling it a cross between a mini car and an SUV.

Sounds like a convertible PT Cruiser if you ask me, but judging from the picture, Audi’s pedigree, and the 240HP motor inside, I think it will be so much more. Oh yeah, they are also giving it all wheel drive and electric ride-height adjustment (can you say Hydros?).

Audi Concept Device looks like a move from the James Bond playbook

Audi Concept Device looks like a move from the James Bond playbook

The very same auto manufacturers you are thinking of are the ones working on a concept device that nearly does it all. It starts with an MP3 player and then adds on Wi-Fi, 3G via UMTS, and so much more.

It doubles as a cellular phone too, thus the addition of the 3G connectivity. It also does navigation, controls the functions of your Audi, and so much more.

Advanced Sound Devices Retro Tune Mini Jukebox

Advanced Sound Devices Retro Tune Mini Jukebox

That’s a long name, but this thing does a lot. Not only does it maintain the retro look of an old jukebox, but cranks out tunes from several devices.

First, there is the iPod/iPhone dock, which can be controlled from the unit itself or some functions can be controlled via the remote. Then there is also the CD player and FM radio. It cranks out tunes from all those devices through a 2.1 speaker setup featuring a whopping 40 watts of power.

Audi Music Interface Now iPhone Compatible

Audi Music Interface Now iPhone Compatible

Ahh, my two favorite A’s are at it again, Audi and Apple have combined forces and now Apple’s Jesus Phone, they iPhone itself is integrated into the Audi Music Interface for the A5, A6, A8, and Q7 models. Not wirelessly though.

Alas, the iPhone’s shortcomings are slowly coming out, this time it’s the lack of A2DP Bluetooth support. You see, had the device had A2DP support, Audi would have just integrated that Bluetooth profile into their software, as the hardware already uses Bluetooth. Then we could have used every single A2DP device with this wonderful media-rich experience inside an Audi.

Quattroflex: Future of Audi?

Quattroflex: Future of Audi?

Concept vehicles are always more interesting to look at because they can escape the boundaries of reality such as rain and side-impact airbags. The Audi Quattroflex, a concept car not a four-bladed stubble shaver, has indeed outstepped the boundaries in an imaginative design manifested as what appears to be a futuristic chariot. Designed by Alexey Bykov, a Russian student, the concept design has won a “Best Use of Technology Award” in this year’s Interior Motives Design Awards. More details and images after the jump.

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