The "metroproject quattro" plug-in hybrid concept car that Audi AG of Germany unveiled for the first time at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show (public opening from Oct 27 through Nov 11, 2007) is equipped with the "Audi mobile device," a dedicated detachable terminal, at its center console (See related article 1, See related article 2).
The terminal works as a verification system when starting the engine and supports mobile phone, car navigation system and video player capabilities. These capabilities can also be operated from outside the car. With a port located at the center console inside the car, the terminal can be fit in there.
The Audi mobile device can render images shot with the camera set inside the car, as well as letting users remotely set automobile air conditioner and music programs playback from outside the car. Communications between the car and the terminal uses wireless LAN (WLAN).
If the car is stolen, for example, and goes outside of the WLAN connection area, a 3G mobile phone access module equipped with the car will automatically turn on and inform the car's present location to the terminal.
Users can operate the terminal using its touch panel screen and the attached stylus pen. Given the audio player capability displayed as "Walkman," the showcased terminal appeared to be a product of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB of the UK.