Obviously Audi owners only own iPhones, then
What a brilliant idea. Offer car owners an Augmented Reality (AR) app which acts as a paperless workshop manual. All you do is point your smartphone at over 300 parts of your car and the app will make sensible suggestions as to the information you are seeking. Obviously, GoMo News aren’t the only ones that think this is a good idea. The original Audi eKurzinfo app for the Audi A1 was nominated for the 2013 GSMA Global Mobile Awards. Now Metaio, the author of the AR app has made new and improved version of the Audi A3 eKurzinfo available for iOS users. It’s available in English, German and Japanese. But only for the Apple iPhone? Strange.
“After the remarkable success of the first version of the eKurzinfo application, we are delighted to continue our partnership with the Audi AG,” said Dr Thomas Alt, CEO with Metaio.
“We see enormous potential in the field of interactive service applications. In the future it will be possible to automatically retrieve the specific information relevant in a certain situation,”Alt added.
The new design of the Audi A3 eKurzinfo app uses Metaio’s latest 2-D and 3-D augmented reality tracking technology.
The user positions the cameraphone directly over individual vehicle elements and the app instantly detects and returns information on the desired subject.
For example, after scanning the engine compartment, the app would return information with an animated overlay showing how to locate the engine coolant and refill it to the appropriate level.
In the future, Metaio sees visualisation technology decreasing the need for lengthy, costly and complex user manuals.
Car owners should be able to access information instantly and directly from inside the car itself.
But Metaio is going to need at least an Android version of this app. We can’t believe that no Audi A3 driver owns a Galaxy 4 instead of an iPhone, though.