Audi Connect Plus launching in Australia later this year
Audi Connect Plus will roll-out across selected Audi models later this year, offering buyers improved connectivity services.
Audi Australia has announced it will roll out its Audi Connect Plus suite of “convenience, safety and security features” on A6, A7, Q8 and A8 later this year. Future Audi arrivals into Australia will also either feature a selection of features or the entire suite.
So, what is Audi Connect Plus? According to Paul Sansom, Managing Director of Audi Australia: “Owners can see real-time traffic information and avoidance options, check petrol station fuel prices, or the availability of spaces at a parking station, as well as advanced assistance and emergency response services when they are needed most.
“Our team has worked hard to bring this advanced suite of services to Australia for almost five years, after a testing, evaluation and adaptation program for our local market.
“The potential for this technology to evolve the way owners use their vehicles is game-changing, and so as a result, the majority of our new models in the future will have Audi connect plus as a standard feature when it’s available.”
For Audi Connect Plus to work the vehicle needs a SIM card for online connection which is built into the vehicle at the time of production. In Australia, the SIM used the Telstra network and three-years access is provided for free (in the cost of the vehicle). Once connected the system can then provide a range of up-to-the-minute information, like fuel pricing, parking information, weather, Google Search point-of-interest and Google Earth mapping, as well as navigation destination entry via Google Maps on your smartphone. In addition, connect plus uses online traffic information to pinpoint traffic jams, in order to navigate around them.
In terms of security, Audi Connect Plus includes an alarm (with GPS location tracking), with geofence and speed alert notifications able to be accessed via the myAudi smartphone app, which also enables the remote signal and lock/unlock functionality.