Audi mmi

Huw Powell audi at
Mon Sep 18 17:19:12 EDT 2006

>>If you press "setup" (I think?) on the CC head, you then get an MMI  
>>menu for stuff like whether the unit goes into auto-recirculation  
>>mode.  Except...the MMI controller does bupkus.  It took us 5 minutes  
>>of flipping through the manual (never found anything) and fiddling  
>>before we realized we were supposed to use Mini-MMI on the CC head.
> Oh come on now, just how intuitive does it have to be?

How about "as intuitive as it can be?"

I've only read about these interfaces, and I'm glad I'll probably never 
be able to afford one of these cars, however used it gets to be.

> And the Owner's 
> Manual, not the MMI manual has fairly extensive instructions on the CC's 
> operation.

Yeah, manuals are great at 60 mph.  Or you could memorize it all in case 
you'll need it.  I have a digital camera that in some ways is not very 
intuituive - the Manual modes involve lotsof menus and choices.  But, 
you can pick it up, turn it on to Auto, and point and shoot.  The things 
that matter have their own buttons.  I would not want using a new car to 
have as steep a learning curve as this camera does on its features.

>>> - try manually tuning the radio- go into the radio screen, select
>>> tuner, then turn the knob to select the forward or backward icon
>>> and then push the knob to move a step (or more) forward or
>>> backward. It's infuriatingly stupid.

> What year is your parents car?  In 06+ cars, radio memory is accessed 
> from the scroll wheel on the left spoke of the steering wheel. 
> Regardless, press the radio memory button on MMI and use the steering 
> wheel scroll wheel mentioned above to wade thru your presets.

That sounds reasonable.  As long as that radio memory button is a 
button, and not a menu choice.

> In general, it would help if customers RTFM, just a bit before going on 
> a rant.  Jeez, you guys are like an automotive lynch mob.

RTFM is an important step in learning how something works, yes.  But, as 
we all know, most manuals get ignored from day one.  Which is why lots 
of consumer electronics comes with two manuals now - one big one that 
has everything, to throw away, and one that is as small as possible, 
showing how to hook it up and turn it on.

> Take a collective breath folks.

Hey, here at the coiners of the phrase "team doorhandle" we reserve the 
right to have an attitude about poor user interfaces.

Huw Powell

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