Audi TabletAudi has become the first car brand to develop its own in-car tablet computer, revealed in production form at the CES 2015 show.

The new Android-based tablet computer will be offered in the new Q7 at the end of the year and has been created to replace the existing rear seat entertainment screens.

The Audi tablet has a weighty, premium metal finish and has a 10.1-inch display that’s been specially designed to remain visible even in bright direct sunlight. It has a reflection-free screen that also cuts glare.

It is the first tablet to have an automotive-grade Nvidia Tegra 4 chip. This provides greater performance across a wider range of temperatures, meaning it will work quickly and reliably even after a sub-zero morning start.

Although it is there to control in-car climate control, infotainment and other functions, the Android platform offers internet tablet functionality via the car’s wifi too – and it will even work outside the car if connected to wifi.

Audi does add that it’s mainly meant to be used in the car, though: if users don’t return it to the dock station within a month, it will lock itself.

Audi Tablet: modernising infotainment

An Audi of America spokesman said the tablet has been created to modernise in-car entertainment and reflect the growing usage of tablet computers.

It docks in the front head restraints but free tablet access means it can easily be used as a touchscreen – meaning additional hard controls in the rear are not necessary.

“It’s a more modern and stylish form of control – and by designing the tablet ourselves, we’ve been able to give it a suitably premium finish while also tailoring it for in-car usage.”

The Audi Tablet is also safer than regular tablets in the car: its screen doesn’t shatter on impact so it will be safer if impacted during a crash.