Although we may never see an Audi diesel vehicle on the market due to the recent NOx testing scandal, Audi expanded its range of online services for its MMI system which does not include ways of tampering with the emissions controls for the Audi Q7 and A4 models.
The new Audi connect myCarManager for remote car functions and myService for emergency, roadside and mainatence. The new services are available immediately. The system is noted for its strong security. The Audi MMI connect app now works with an Apple Watch and compatible iPhones.
The optional Audi connect safety & service equipment package is available with immediate effect for all new Audi Q7 and A4 models at a one-off price of EUR 250.
The new version of the Audi MMI connect app is available to download free of charge in the online portal myAudi and on the Apple and Google store platforms.
There is security via a firewall The data is encrypted using the current TLS 1.2‑standard. Added authentication takes place between the Audi server and the car before the action is performed. The car would not respond to a command from an unauthorized third-party server.
An extra PIN must be input via the smartphone to enable the remote actions to be carried out. The customer chooses this PIN themselves in the myAudi portal. They can also grant access rights to a maximum of five people and manage up to five different automobiles from a single account.
The data and voice connection for the services is established via a mobile communications module with built-in SIM card; this module is quite distinct from the one used for everyday mobile communications by the customer. The costs arising for data and voice connections are included in the package price. Two buttons in the roof module for emergency and roadside assistance calls are also part of the package.