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Audi Q7 Virtual Cockpit brings new display to SUV at CES 2015 (pictures)

Before unveiling the updated Q7 SUV here at the 2015 International CES, Audi gave CES attendees a look at its new cabin electronics interface, an advanced system similar to that of the new Audi TT.

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Audi Q7 Virtual Cockpit

Audi will be showing off an update to its Q7 SUV this year, but before that happens, here's a look at its high-tech cockpit. The cabin gets two displays and two Android tablets integrated with the car.

For the live blog of Audi's CES 2015 press conference, click here.

Click here for CNET's complete coverage of car tech at CES 2015.

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Audi Q7 Virtual Cockpit

Similar to the Virtual Cockpit Audi created for the new TT model, the Q7 gets a large LCD for the driver display, and adds a more traditional rectangular display on the dashboard for passenger use. Running graphics for both these displays is an Nvidia T30 processor.

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Audi Q7 Virtual Cockpit

The 12.3-inch LCD in front of the driver shows crucial information, including virtual gauges for vehicle and engine speed.

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Audi Q7 Virtual Cockpit

In front of the shifter, Audi has a modified version of its current MMI controller, using a touchpad and switches to select menu items on the screen.

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Audi Q7 Virtual Cockpit

The driver display can be dominated by a map, helping the driver navigate. In this mode, virtual gauges are still shown in a smaller format.

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Audi Q7 Virtual Cockpit

Unlike the Audi TT, the Q7 retains a rectangular LCD, letting the passenger see media and navigation info as well as the driver.

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Audi Q7 Virtual Cockpit

Much of what is shown on the center LCD mirrors what is shown on the driver display.

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Audi Q7 Virtual Cockpit

The Q7 will be the first Audi model to offer its new Android tablets. Unlike a typical tablet, these are tightly integrated with the car, able to control media and use the car's Wi-Fi hotspot.

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Audi Q7 Virtual Cockpit

The custom Audi app on the Android-powered tablets shows a semicircular menu, harmonizing with the car's own graphic design.

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Audi Q7 Virtual Cockpit

Rear-seat passengers can use the tablets to view navigation, and even set a destination for the car.

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Audi Q7 Virtual Cockpit

A high-quality display lets rear-seat passengers watch video.

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Audi Q7 Virtual Cockpit

The tablets integrate with the car's own audio system, so rear-seat passengers can act as DJs.

For the live blog of Audi's CES 2015 press conference, click here.

Click here for CNET's complete coverage of car tech at CES 2015.

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