Audi provides satnav map updates online

Audi provides satnav map updates online

German car giant Audi has begun to provide map updates online to remove the frustrations that plague drivers using out-of-date navigation systems. Audi claims that it is the first car manufacturer in Europe to offer this service, which is up and running for the A6 saloon and the A7 four-door coupe. Up-to-date data will be available for local roads or whole countries twice a year, with Audi customers receiving the first five updates completely free of charge. It is important that maps are up to date, especially with luxury car makers such Audi and Mercedes developing sophisticated systems for cars to be able to park themselves and sometimes drive autonomously when traffic conditions allow.

The future of driving will most certainly involve the 'self-driving' vehicle, and over the coming six years cars will evolve and become 'smarter' and less reliant on the person behind the steering wheel.

An analyst with technological research organisation Gartner, Thilo Koslowski, said: "The benefits of self-driving vehicles for individuals and the automotive industry are significant, and range from accident avoidance, to optimised energy and traffic utilisation, to improved emission compliance."

Audi map updates can be accessed using high-speed Wi-Fi networks straight from the car or can first be downloaded to a computer and then loaded into the car's software using a chip card. When an update becomes available, the driver will receive a notification.