Well, the waiting is over. Audi announced today that Street View – Google's relentless outdoor photographing service – will join the high-resolution aerial and satellite images embedded in Audi's Connect infotainment system.
According to Audi, the system pre-loads data for one's selected route and integrates it with the driver's smartphone's UTMS module to provide a 360-degree view for the driver – most helpful when looking for a specific business or residence in a congested urban area. Cruising around Berlin looking for the Brandenburg Gate? The famous landmark is on your screen. This is a perfect integration of technologies into one service that utterly enhances driving and the driver's confidence behind the wheel.
Audi also announced its "music stream" service, which, like BMW's Internet Radio functionality, allows drivers to select from over 4,000 internet radio stations from around the world and stream them through the stereo. Also, a masterstroke of integration. Pretty soon, the most difficult thing will be keeping our eyes on the road.