Multi Media Interface

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the MMI controls (to the rear of the gear lever) on a left-hand drive Audi Q7

The Audi Multi Media Interface (MMI) system is an in-car user interface media system developed by Audi, and was launched at the 2001 Frankfurt Motor Show.[1] MMI was introduced in the second generation Audi A8 around 2002 and implemented in majority of its latest series of cars/automobiles.

Concept[edit]

MMI consists of a single integrated interface, which controls a variety of devices and functions of the car. The system consists of the MMI terminal and the MMI display screen.

The central element of the MMI terminal is the control dial. This dial can be rotated, to navigate up and down through menus, and pressed to activate a selected highlighted function. Starting with MMI 3G system an integrated joystick in the main control dial can be used to (for example) navigate the map. Depending on the MMI generation and configuration, four to eight function buttons surround the control dial which are used to launch the various features. The MMI screen is available as a 5-inch monochrome black & red or 7-inch 16:9 full colour display, depending on the variation of MMI fitted in the car. MMI uses Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST) technology to interconnect the various systems. Harman Becker Automotive Systems manufactures the MMI system, utilizing QNX Neutrino's Real Time Operating System (RTOS) software.

Functions[edit]

MMI operates a large number of in car entertainment components, car electronics, and other functions. The list below indicates the scope of systems controllable by MMI. However, depending on the actual car model, along with which version was specified (MMI Basic, MMI High, etc.), only some, and not all functions will be applicable or available.

  • Satellite navigation, including traffic management (TMC)
  • Radio tuner
  • CD changer
  • TV tuner
  • Telephone and directory
  • Heating, ventilation, air conditioning, climate control, and seat heating
  • Car setup (e.g. central locking and convenience function (coming home/leaving home, power sunroof and windows) options, global audio settings, suspension settings etc.)
  • Driver information (e.g. fuel economy statistics (often encompassed by "trip computer" functions), battery level, tire-pressure monitoring, etc.)
  • User manual (full on-board car user manual, displayed on screen)

MMI Generations[edit]

A right-hand drive 2005 Audi A6 (C6), showing the Multi Media Interface (MMI) controls
A left-hand drive 2007 Audi S6 (C6), showing the MMI controls, and the display screen in the dashboard

The MMI system has been improved over the years and now features internet connectivity through MMI Connect introduced in recent models.

MMI Generation
Feature MMI High 2G (DVD-Rom;7Q2) MMI 3G Basic (DVD-Rom;7T2) MMI 3G/3G+ (HD;7T6) MMI High 3G (A8 Rear Seat Entertainment;7T6+9WP) MMI 3G+ (Connect)
Display 7-inch TFT color display VGA resolution (800*480) 6.5-inch TFT color display 1/4 VGA resolution (480*240)[2] 7-inch TFT color display VGA resolution (800*480) 7-inch TFT color display VGA resolution (800*480) 7-inch TFT color display VGA resolution (800*480)
Input A touchpad feature was introduced in the 2011 A8 which enables handwriting recognition which allows input multimedia, navigation and communications commands.[3] MMI TouchPad or dial
Radio Sirius/HD-Radio/FM/AM Sirius/HD-Radio/FM/AM Sirius/HD-Radio/FM/AM Sirius/HD Radio/FM/AM Sirius/HD Radio/FM/AM
Media MP3 from CD, iPod (MDI), USB, Aux-In, Bluetooth streaming through separate accessory [4][5] MP3 from CD, iPod (MDI), USB, Aux-In, Bluetooth streaming through separate accessory [6][7] MP3 from CD, SD Card, DVD Audio/video, built-in Hard disk, DVD drive, iPod (MDI), USB, Aux-in, Bluetooth streaming available through aftermarket solutions [8][9] MP3 from CD, SD Card, DVD Audio/video, built-in Hard disk, DVD drive, iPod (MDI), USB, Aux-in, Bluetooth Streaming MP3 from CD, SD Card, DVD Audio/video, built-in Hard disk, DVD drive, iPod (MDI), USB, Aux-in, Bluetooth Streaming, WiFi hotspot
Vehicles[10] A6 (4F) Lim. Week 05/2004>Week 44/2008
A6 Avant (4F) Week 02/2005>Week 44/2008
A6 Allroad (4FH) Week 12/2006>Week 44/2008
A8 (4E) Week 26/2002>Week 36/2008
Q7 Week 06/2006>Week 21/2009
A5 Week 08/2007>Week 35/2008
A4(8K) Lim. Week 36/2007>Week 21/2009
A4(8K) Avant Week 03/2008>Week 21/2009
A4 Week 22/2009>
A4 Allroad Week 22/2010>
A5 Week 22/2009>
A5 Sportback+Cabriolet Week 45/2008>
A6 (C6) Week 45/2008>
Q5 Week 22/2009>Week 24/2012
Q7 Week 22/2009>
A1 Week 34/2010>
A1 Sportback Week 45/2011>
A4 Lim.+ Avant Week 22/2009>
A4 Allroad Week 22/2010>
A5 Week 36/2008>
A5 Sportback+Cabriolet Week 45/2008>
A6 (4F) Week 41/2008>
A6 (4G)
A7
A8(4E) Week 36/2008>
A8 (4H)
Q3>
Q5 2009>2012
Q5 Hybrid Week 26/2011>2012
Q7 Week 22/2009>
Audi A8 (4H) Week 45/2010> Audi Q5 2013>
Maps 2D Maps 2D Maps 3D Maps 3D Maps 3D Maps enhanced with Google Earth, Google Local Search, Google Voice Local Search and myAudi Destinations
Latest Navigation Database 2014 (4E0060884DK) 2014 (4G0919884N) 2014 (8R0060884BK (activation) 8R0051884BK (SD card)) 2014 (8R0060885BK (activation) 8R0051884BK (SD card))

Cars[edit]

Audi models for which MMI is available:

MMI Generation
Audi Model 2G 3G Basic(or High) 3G+
A1 2011 onwards, Sportback and Quattro 2012 onwards
A4 (B8) 2008-2009 2009-2012 2013 onwards
A5 2013 onwards
A6 (C6) 2005 onwards 2010
S6 (C6) 2006 onwards
RS6 (C6) 2008–2010
A7
A8 (D3) 2004-2008 2009-2010
S8 (D3) 2006-2008 2009-2010
Q3
Q5 2009-2012[11] 2013-onwards
Q7

Criticisms[edit]

While intuitive and user-friendly, MMI can be difficult to operate when driving. Improvements have been made to enable easier access, the MMI 3G features a new Joystick on the central knob to make it easier to for example input a destination using the navigation map.[12] For the Audi Q5's MMI infotainment control system isn't as user-friendly as it is in some of Audi's other models, partly due to the location of its controls low down on the center console.[13]

Software updates[edit]

The MMI system firmware can be updated by an Audi dealer.

  • MMI 2G systems can be updated via a DVD disc containing the firmware update.
  • MMI 3G and 3G+ systems can be updated by using a SD Card/USB/CD/DVD containing the software. The total update process can take approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.[14] Once the updated software is applied it requires a PIN to re-activate the navigation system.[15]
  • To enter the MMI software update menu, the [Setup] and [Return] buttons have to be pressed simultaneously for 5 seconds. This menu also enables import/export settings to USB or SD Card, the settings are saved as an AES encrypted zip file.[16]

Version history[edit]

MMI 2G Software Versions:

Software Version Region Details
0890 (0.8.90) Europe / Rest of the World
1190 (1.1.90) Europe / Rest of the World
1200 (1.2.00) Europe / Rest of the World
4E0-906-961-L 2120 (2.1.20) Europe / Rest of the World
4E0-906-961-T 3460 (3.4.60) Europe / Rest of the World
4E0-906-961-AA 4220 (4.2.20) Europe / Rest of the World
4F0-906-961-AB 5150 (5.1.50) Europe / Rest of the World To update from (0600-2750) to 3360 [17]
5170 (5.1.79) Europe / Rest of the World
4L0-998-961 5570 (5.5.70) Europe A6,A8,Q7 (MMI-High:EU Released in 2008) (SVM-Code: MMIEUK1006)
8K0-998-961 (5.5.70) Europe / Rest of the World (A4 B8/A5)
0600 (0.6.00) North-America
1190 (1.1.90) North-America
2750 (2.7.50) North-America Version 2750 and below have to be upgraded to 3360 before upgrading to a higher version
3310 (3.3.10) North-America
4F0-906-961-AB 3360 (3.3.60) North-America To update from version 0600 through 2750 to 3360
4L0-906-961-H 4140 (4.1.40) North-America To update from 3360 to 4140
4F0-998-961 4610 (4.6.10) North-America

MMI 3G and 3G+ Software versions:

P=Shipped with car; K=Update software

BNav seems to be for Basic and HNav for version with Hard-Disk

Software Version Region Details
BNav_EU_P0029_D1 Europe Shipped with 2009 A4(B8) Basic
BNav_EU_P0054_D1 Europe Basic
BNav_EU_P0206_D1 Europe 2013 MMI 3G basic plus (non HDD,3D,Joystick)
BNav_EU_K0031_2_D1 Europe Basic
BNav_EU_K0070_2_D1 Europe 2011 MMI 3G basic plus (non HDD,3D,Joystick)
BNav_EU_K0206_2_D1 Europe 2012 MMI 3G basic plus (non HDD,3D,Joystick)
BNav_EU_K_0256 EU Europe 2013 MMI 3G basic plus (non HDD,3D,Joystick)
BNav_EU_K_0257 EU Europe 2014 MMI 3G basic plus (non HDD,3D,Joystick)
HNav_EU_P0014_D1 Europe
HNav_EU_P0022_D1 Europe
HNav_EU_K0022_1_D1 Europe [18]
HNav_EU_K0022_2_D1 Europe [19]
HNav_EU_K0031_3_D1 Europe 2010 [20]
HNav_EU_K0054_2_D1 Europe
HNav_EU_K0206_3_D1 Europe 2012 [21]
HNav_EU_K0253_D1 Europe 2013
HNav_EU_K0257_5_D1 Europe 2014
HN+_EU_AU3G_P0467 Europe 2012 [22]
HN+_EU_AU3G_P0485 Europe
HN+_EU_AU3G_P0612 Europe Shipped with 2013 Q5 Models
HN+_EU_AU210_P0532 Europe Shipped with 2012 A1 Sportsback
HNav_US_K0110_1_D1 North-America
HNav_US_P0110_D1 North-America Shipped with 2010 Q5 Models[23]
HNav_US_P0114_D1 North-America Shipped with 2011 Q5 Models
HNav_US_P0118_D1[24] North-America Fixes issue with punctuations and hyphens in street names[25]
HNav_US_K0133_3_D1[26] North-America Unknown
HNTR_US_AU_P0609 North America Reported to be installed on 2013 Audi A6 [27]
HN+_US_AU3G_P0609 North-America Shipped with 2013 Q5 Models
HN+_US_AU3G_P0715 North-America Shipped with 2014 Q5 Models [28]

MMI 3G and 3G+ Navigation Database Versions:

Nav. Database Version Region Details
8R0-060-884-A NAR 5.2.3 North-America
8R0-060-884-F NAR 5.3.4 North-America Shipped with 2010 Q5 Models[29]
8R0-060-884-P NAR 5.4.7 North-America Shipped with 2011 Q5 Models
8R0-060-884-AD NAR 5.5.5[30] North-America Factory installed, fixes issue with punctuations and hyphens in street names[31]
8R0-060-884-AL NAR 5.5.6[32] North-America Dealer installed, same as 5.5.5[33]
8R0-060-884-BA NAR 5.7.3[34] North-America 2013 Edition
8R0-060-884-BD NAR 6.8.2[35] North-America 2014 Edition
8R0-060-884-BL NAR 6.9.2[36] North-America 2014 LAST Edition
8R0-060-884 ECE 5.5.5 Europe Shipped with 2008 Q5
8R0-060-884-C ECE 5.6.8 Europe 2009[37]
8R0-060-884-E ECE 5.8.5 Europe
8R0-060-884-J ECE 5.10.5 Europe
8R0-060-884-R ECE 5.11.7 Europe 2010 Edition MMI 3G HDD (HDD,3D,Joystick) need Activation SD card
8R0-060-884-N ECE 5.12.5 Europe 2011 Edition MMI 3G HDD (HDD,3D,Joystick) need Activation SD card
8R0-060-884-AH ECE 5.13.8 Europe 2012 Edition MMI 3G HDD (HDD,3D,Joystick) need Activation SD card
8R0-060-884-AR ECE 6.15.5 Europe 2013 Edition MMI 3G HDD (HDD,3D,Joystick) need Activation SD card
8R0-060-884-BK ECE 6.17.3 Europe 2014 Edition MMI 3G HDD (HDD,3D,Joystick) need Activation SD card
4G0-919-884-D ECE 5.8.4 Europe 2009 MMI 3G basic (no HDD,no 3D,no Joystick) need Activation SD card
4G0-919-884-F ECE 5.11.8 Europe 2009 MMI 3G basic (no HDD,no 3D,no Joystick) need Activation SD card
4G0-919-884-G ECE 5.10.5 Europe 2010 MMI 3G basic (no HDD,no 3D,no Joystick) need Activation SD card
4G0-919-884-J ECE 5.12.4 Europe 2011 MMI 3G basic (no HDD,no 3D,no Joystick) need Activation SD card
4G0-919-884-L ECE 5.15.3 Europe 2013 MMI 3G basic (no HDD,no 3D,no Joystick) need Activation SD card
4G0-919-884-N ECE 5.17.2 Europe 2014 MMI 3G basic (no HDD,no 3D,no Joystick) need Activation SD card

All firmware updates for MMI 3G Basic, 3G High and 3G Plus:

Firmware Version (not database)
8R0906961 -> 8R0906961C - Update 3G High EU
8R0906961A- Update 3G ???
8R0906961B -> 8R0906961D - Update 3G High EU
8R0906961C -> 8R0906961J - Update 3G High EU
8R0906961D - Update 3G High EU
8R0906961E- Update 3G ???
8R0906961F - Update 3G High EU
8R0906961G - Update 3G Basic EU
8R0906961H - Update 3G High AUSTRALIA
8R0906961J - Update 3G High EU
8R0906961K- Update 3G ???
8R0906961L- Update 3G ???
8R0906961M - Update 3G Plus
8R0906961N -> 8R0906961T - Update 3G High EU
8R0906961P -> 8R0906961AA - Update 3G Basic
8R0906961Q - Update 3G Basic/High EU
8R0906961R - Update 3G High US
8R0906961S - Update 3G High US
8R0906961AA - Update 3G Basic
8R0906961AB - Update 3G High EU/US
8R0906961AC - Update 3G High CHINA
8R0906961AD - Update 3G High JAPAN
8R0906961AE - Update 3G High KOREA
8R0906961AK - Update 3G Plus EU
8R0906961AL - Update 3G High EU
8R0906961T -> 8R0906961AF -> 8R0906961AS -> 8R0906961CC -> 8R0906961DF Update 3G High EU
8R0906961AG -> 8R0906961AH -> 8R0906961BD -> 8R0906961CG -> 8R0906961DK Update 3G Basic EU

Pseudo-MMI[edit]

Certain Audi cars have a "pseudo" type of MMI. These are the A3, A4 (B6 and B7), the TT and the R8 - when fitted with the RNS-E DVD based "Audi Navigation Plus" system. Whilst appearing to be a similar layout, and operating in a similar manner, these two systems are very different, are unable to share mapping discs or software, and are not able to control non-ICE functions (such as Climate, convenience or suspension settings).

Competing technologies[edit]

Other car manufacturers use similar technologies in their car, including BMW with its iDrive system and Mercedes-Benz with its COMAND system; Lexus uses a mouse-based Remote Touch system; Ford uses a product called Sync.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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