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Interactive smartphone apps are the latest technological trend being introduced by a variety of automakers. Audi has now launched its iPhone CarMonitor app, which claims to deliver close monitoring of key vehicle functions, data logging with GPS and the ability to find your vehicle in most any parking lot.
The robust application, which is being displayed at this year's SEMA show, works with the car's OBD-II port to access and analyze performance data on the fly. The app will also measure and monitor CO2 data, showing motorists how their driving style affects fuel consumption and pollution levels. App owners can also upload their vehicle data to www.MyAudiLabs.com to share their performance and emissions data with the world.

Audi of America sales executive David Tait calls the new app "a great addition to the already impressive interior features that Audi owners have come to appreciate," adding that CarMonitor is a good example of how Audi is listening to it's customers. Sounds pretty cool to us. Hit the jump to read over the full press release.

[Source: Audi]
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Audi introduces iPhone CarMonitor App
- Gives iPhone® users ability to monitor/record key vehicle functions
- Real time information combines with GPS to log trip data
- Can even be used to find vehicle in parking lot or unknown city
- Driver can choose to share data onllne with Audi Labs community

LAS VEGAS, Nev., Nov 2, 2010 - Audi owners with an Apple iPhone will soon to be able to download an application that will monitor, analyze and store key performance characteristics for their vehicle, whether it be for pure performance, eco-friendly driving or simply providing a log of any particular trip.

The technology, developed by Audi's Electronics Research Laboratory, is being shown at the SEMA Show, the premier automotive specialty products event in the world, scheduled for Nov. 2-5, 2010 in Las Vegas.

The Audi-designed iPhone CarMonitor App uses the vehicle OBD-II port to access real- time performance data, which the App then analyzes, also in real time. Characteristics include engine RPM (especially useful with older Audi vehicles that do not have an RPM gauge) along with emissions information, including the amount of CO2 a driver is saving by adjusting driving performance.
Drivers using the iPhone CarMonitor App also have the option of uploading the data collected to www.MyAudiLabs.com, use the CO2 data for other analyses, and even share driving performance with the VW Labs Community.

The technology will appeal to Audi vehicle owners looking for an even more satisfying experience with their vehicle as well as the opportunity to use the capabilities of the Apple iPhone, said David Tait, Audi of America's lead After Sales executive.

"This is a great addition to the already impressive interior features that Audi owners have come to appreciate," said Tait. "And it's another example of Audi listening to what our owners would like to see to make their motoring experience even more satisfying."

"Apple iPhone users are used to the kind of 'wow' applications that the smart phone offers. We're very pleased to give me them another highly useful tool, especially designed to enhance the Audi driving experience."

The iPhone CarMonitor App is one of several new technologies being showcased at the SEMA Show and available as part of the Audi After Sales business segment.

Other technologies featured at the SEMA Show include a Wireless Charger (that gives iPod and iPhone owners the ability to keep their devices fully juiced-minus the cords), Illuminated Floor Mats and an iPod Satellite Adapter.

Audi is also using its display area to feature two extraordinary vehicles that are on the leading edge of both technology and power performance-the Autonomous Audi TTS Pikes Peak (fresh from a dramatic run up the famous Colorado landmark) and a head-turning, power-packed Audi R8 Custom Spyder by STa?SIS Engineering.

In addition, four vehicles will serve as platforms for the After Sales technologies and featuring body modifications that make them SEMA-worthy in their own right: the A4, A5, plus the Q5 and Q7 Custom Concepts.

Coupling the luxury of Audi with the technological amenities that are on display at SEMA is a strategic move that the company expects will generate dividends for years to come.

"These technologies will most certainly stimulate the imagination of SEMA Show visitors, and open a new world of personalization for Audi owners," said David Tait.

An Audi of America emphasis on After Sales is already generating significant success on top of a record vehicles sales year, with expansion of its portfolio of Genuine Audi Accessories having produced an all-time record sales year in the U.S. for its parts and accessory business.

The Audi of America SEMA exhibit is located in the Mobile Electronics Area of the Las Vegas Convention Center's North Hall, Booth 11245. A full complement of Audi of America / After Sales news and information is available during the show, and posted on www.audiusanews.com

ABOUT AUDI
Audi of America, Inc. and its 275 U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. During 2009 Audi outsold all other luxury brands in Europe, while in the U.S. market Audi posted the largest market share gain of any luxury automotive brand. Over the next few years, AUDI AG expects to spend nearly $2 billion annually on new products and technology. Visit www.audiusa.com or www.audiusanews.com for more information regarding Audi vehicle and business issues.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Is the app going to allow us DIYers access to all of the VAG-specific computer data/codes in addition to the standard OBD-II ones?
        • 4 Years Ago
        That would be great but I dont think so...it will be just some useless info about tire and oil pressure, brake wear etc...a la onstar.

        I doudt it very much Audi will let us have such data...their dealers will raise hell for sure (how else would they charge you 425+tax to do the 55k service?...which by the way consists of changing oil and filter, plus the cabin fllter....and "checking" all other components, in other words visual inspection..yeah...that looks good, next!)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey Audi, why is it just for iPhone? What about the growing market share for Android users?
      • 4 Years Ago
      And how much will that cost us...????? (not the app but the interface...it will be some kind of a plug-in module I assume)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Autoblog already covered it, not a 'plug in module' per say (ie obd) but rather a feature of their new wireless charging station. And given aftermarket oem bluetooth is $350 + install I'd bet anywhere north of that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        With these types of phones becoming more common (iPhone/Droid) it's nice to see more manufacturers releasing these kind of apps. It seems like a natural progression.
        • 4 Years Ago
        LOVING The fact that an American Company, GM/OnStar, has a better more comprehensive App that came FIRST. Anyone, these days, believing that the Germans, Japanese, or Koreans, have anything on the Domestics is simply out of their minds. OH.. and the OnStar App isn't only available on Cadillacs either.. it's available on Buick, GMC, and CHEVY...
        • 4 Years Ago
        *learns how to read the post*

        ....

        Nevermind.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @zam - I'm not sure the app is part of the Wireless Charger (listed as an "other technology," implying that one is not a feature of the other), as they specifically call out its usefulness for cars w/o tachometers. I can't see any Audis that old compatible with the Wireless Charger. (But then again, who knows how they're doing any of this?)

        In fact, this article is quite amazingly devoid of useful information. When? How? And for how many cookies?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I assume the app is free, but where and how much for the cable? I need to VAG my headlights again.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @zamafir

        Wouldn't an Audi already come with Bluetooth?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if it'll be able to tell you when you're likely to need new ignition coil packs?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @OLight
        I agree with you, however I beleive that if you take care of your car it will give you many years of trouble free driving, especially the european brands.

        Nothing beats the driving dynamics of a german car and Audis are among the top in handling, braking, accelaration and overall feel.

        I just loooove the way my turbo quattro takes-off in 5" of snow...LOL
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm being facetious.

        And hey, if people can bring up Toyota's sludge problems from over ten years ago, the coil pack issue is fair game.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Coil packs were recalled. I have an 06, dealer told me they were being recalled, and wait for the letter. I got the letter and a week later 2 of them went bad. All replaced for free.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Hellas - Uh, lucky streak. Granted, so was I, but I stuck to the V6s, which I think were *somewhat* less afflicted. But yeah...very popular problem. (But, in the scheme of crap that could go wrong, it could have been MUCH worse. No lasting damage, and many people could replace an ignition coil on the side of the road, if need be.)
        • 4 Years Ago
        I really dont know why this "coil packs" story is still circulating. I am on my second A4, the first an 04 with the 1.8T, now and 07 with the 2.0T and never ever had any problems whatsoever. Never saw the dealer besides scheduled service.

        Or perhaps i am on a lucky streak.....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Zing!
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