Before YouTube, iPads, and electronics in general, there were these things called “books.” These books would house information that could only be found by turning their physical pages. This archaic way of reading was, and still is, used by automakers to show their customers what’s what in their vehicles. Happily, automakers seem to be challenging these outdated “books” for something more tech-y.
With the rise of digital readers like Kindles and Nooks, there has been a comparable rise in digitization of user manuals for anything from vintage cameras to the newest cars in the showroom. This is all well and good, but it’s still just a book converted in digital form. To truly bring the car manual into the 21st century, our best hope is something along the lines of Audi’s new eKurzinfo, which can be downloaded on iTunes.
eKurzinfo is an augmented reality app that helps you learn everything you need to about your vehicle. If you find a mysterious button on your dashboard, just open up eKurzinfo, hold your device in front of the mysterious button and the app will tell you everything you need to know. This software makes it much easier to learn your vehicle’s features without diving into a 400-page brick that rarely leaves your glove compartment. The app will debut on Audi’s new 2015 A3, and there is no word at press time if it will be included on the US version. For more info on the eKurzinfo app, check out some footage of it in action in the video below.
Infotainment Systems On The Go
But Audi drivers don’t get to have all the fun. Ford Motor Company released a similar learning tool as part of their MyFord Touch Guide app. This guide allows you to view the vehicle’s user interface on your tablet or phone from anywhere. You can get accustomed to navigating through the MyFord Touch system from your phone in the comfort of your living room. The app also gives the user access to a guide that explains the features of the system. It’s a great app to help you get comfortable with the MyFord Touch controls with an easy-to-learn interface. It’s also much safer to learn about your vehicle while you’re on the couch at home, instead of traveling on the freeway. The MyFord Touch Guide app is available on both Google’s Play Store and Apple’s AppStore.