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Old 02-06-2014, 05:11 PM   #1
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My Audi Connect contract is about to expire. I know that with Audi Connect you get Google maps, wifi hotspot, and the ability to send destinations to your MMI/Navigation. Is there anything else? Does Google maps keep your navigation up to date or do you still need to buy map updates? Sorry, but not sure $15 a month is worth it for Google maps pictures, and the ability to send destinations. Have a decent smartphone with LTE service and hotspot capability, so not sure I am sold on the value of the Audi Connect at that price.

Anyone have a good reason to pay that $15 a month?
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and the wifi streaming is only 2g....
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Google maps does not keep your navigation up to date. I just renewed my Audi Connect for 30 months simply because I like the integration of the technology and for $15/month, it seems like chump change when you've already spent $50-60k+ car.
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I just renewed my Audi Connect for 30 months simply because I like the integration of the technology and for $15/month, it seems like chump change when you've already spent $50-60k+ car.
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I think google also provides the traffic congestion overlay, which adds red, yellow, etc to roads and highways. If I'm not mistaken SiriusXM only provides discrete info, like accidents, construction and closures. Personally I'll buy the 30 month package when the trial expires; it's easily worth $15 a month to me. And the ability to send destinations to the car directly from google maps is incredibly useful IMO. I use it more or less every time I go someplace unfamiliar.
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I think google also provides the traffic congestion overlay, which adds red, yellow, etc to roads and highways. If I'm not mistaken SiriusXM only provides discrete info, like accidents, construction and closures.
Actually, all traffic data and overlays are provided by Sirius. Four year traffic subscription is included free with 2013+ Audis with MMI Nav Plus and $4 per month thereafter.
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While smartphones these days can provide just about anything Audi Connect offers, there's something to be said for having the features and safety of use integrated completely into the car and its large MMI screen. The integrated online Google searches activated by voice command alone are worth the cost to me - the rest is gravy.
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I personally don't see the value in it. 60k on a car or not, I see the value in the car, just not the t-mobile / audi connect portion. I do like the send address to car feature, but it's not worth $15 per month to me.
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Although if it were LTE I may see the value in it. I can currently tether to my iPad or phone lte.

Sorry for the second post, couldn't figure out how to edit ok the phone app.
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Interesting, because the congestion overlay in the MMI display is identical to the one on maps.google.com. Perhaps they both actually use the exact same data. (I.e., some whitelabel like inrix.)
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Sirius sources traffic data from NavTeq Traffic over satellite (Audi also sources NavTeq for the base nav maps and internal POIs). Google Maps started using Inrix in 2012 augmented by crowd sourcing. The red, yellow, green traffic overlay map indicators are pretty standard among the different nav/traffic providers.

Since Sirius Traffic is received over satellite and Google provides traffic over the internet along with their maps, the fact that you can receive traffic data when Audi Connect is disabled in the car would confirm that all traffic data is coming from Sirius.

Here's an Audi Nav recap as it is today:

Audi 3G MMI Nav Plus:
Nav Maps - NavTeq provided - loaded internally on hard drive - static
POI database - NavTeq loaded internally on hard drive - static
Traffic - Sirus satellite - dynamic

Audi Connect adds:
Google Earth overlay - internet provided - dynamic
Google online POI database search - internet provided - dynamic
Google Send to Map POIs - internet provided - dynamic
Google Street View - internet provided - static
Other Audi Media services - i.e. Weather, News, Parking, Gas prices, Events, etc. - internet provided by various sources, i.e. Inrix and others - dynamic
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I think I have used Audi Connect features once in my almost 3 months of ownership. I will not be paying $15/mo for it when the freebies expire. The traffic info is the important thing to me.
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Having the choice to keep Audi Connect, or not, is good since one size doesn't fit all. I wonder what the renewal rate is? 50%-60%?
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Its dumb. Will not renew. Connection speed too slow and will grow increasingly obsolete. We have iPhones and iPads for this that are significantly better. Just another one of those “monthly” fees!

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Its dumb. Will not renew. Connection speed too slow and will grow increasingly obsolete. We have iPhones and iPads for this that are significantly better. Just another one of those “monthly” fees!
Totally agree, though the only thing I would miss is the "send to car" option from google maps. As convenient as it is, it's not worth the fees.
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Its dumb. Will not renew. Connection speed too slow and will grow increasingly obsolete. We have iPhones and iPads for this that are significantly better. Just another one of those “monthly” fees!
Kinda harsh but I'm sure it's of value to some.
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Totally agree, though the only thing I would miss is the "send to car" option from google maps. As convenient as it is, it's not worth the fees.
Exactly, send to car is super nice. I just don't know if it's a monthly fee nice.
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Yesterday, I received an email from Audi with an invitation to a "research event" being held later this month. It looks like one of the main topics is technology with emphasis on the navigation system, it's usage/functionality, Audi Connect and even renewal is one of the topics.

At this point, not sure if I'll go but the $300 is tempting.
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I think google also provides the traffic congestion overlay, which adds red, yellow, etc to roads and highways. If I'm not mistaken SiriusXM only provides discrete info, like accidents, construction and closures. Personally I'll buy the 30 month package when the trial expires; it's easily worth $15 a month to me. And the ability to send destinations to the car directly from google maps is incredibly useful IMO. I use it more or less every time I go someplace unfamiliar.
I can't send destinations from google maps to my car. When I do as stated in the Audi Connect site all I get is a blank screen when using the "google.com/maps/sendtocar" link. Are you using a different link?
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I can't send destinations from google maps to my car. When I do as stated in the Audi Connect site all I get is a blank screen when using the "google.com/maps/sendtocar" link. Are you using a different link?
There is an 800 number to call for Audi technology help. You might try it. I don't have it handy right now.
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