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Car technology: Audi upgrades navigation system


No matter how costly the luxury car, drivers often are befuddled by having to peck through letters to use a navigation screen. Now Audi will let your finger do the walking.

The Audi Touch system, demonstrated in Los Angeles last week, shows how automakers are trying to advance in-car navigation systems even as they run into competition from high-end smartphones, which now often offer navigation functions and turn-by-turn directions at a fraction of the cost.

Audi's new A8 luxury flagship, going on sale in November, will have a standard feature for the navigation system that lets drivers write letters with their fingertip on a pad. Though not officially priced yet, the A8 is expected to sell for about $80,000.

How the touch system works:

If you want to find Broadway in any city, you would write the letter B with your fingertip on the touch pad on the car's center console. Then R, then O then A -- until the car recognizes the word.

Read more: Car technology: Audi upgrades navigation system | freep.com | Detroit Free Press http://www.freep.com/article/20100930/BUSINESS01/9300473/1210/business01/Car-technology-Audi-upgrades-navigation-system#ixzz1113z9M5K

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