Innovative smartwatch revealed by Audi
Audi has always been one of the leaders when it comes to developing the concept of self-driving cars; therefore, it is no surprise that the luxury car manufacturer has recently released information about a new smartwatch designed to control cars from a distance. Audi's technology team, led by Prof Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, announced the development of a wearable device that allows the owner to communicate with his or her car at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Anyone who remembers the television series Knight Rider from the early 1980s must be thinking that the fantasy car is fast becoming a reality.
The watch, which is linked to Audi's A7 prototype, enables the driver to unlock the car from a distance as one of its functions. It is not yet clear whether the gadget will include other command functions such as engine control, windows, and car temperature.
The smartwatch will use near field communication (NFC) technology and will still operate when the battery is low, which means that the driver will not get locked out when the wearable does not have enough power.
Audi is calling the watch a type of mobile key; however, other than the few details revealed, the manufacturer did give very much away when it came to a comprehensive list of functions or a timescale for when it will be made available.
Whenever it is made available and whatever functions it encompasses, the wrist controller looks to be a pretty exciting development for 2015.