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It's been known for sometime that the 8V A3 would switch to MMI.

The RNS-E will finally die when the updated R8 is launched next year.
 

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I suppose it depends on the timing of the replacement of the 8J TT too.
 

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I wonder if Audi will now stop developing maps and firmware updates knowing that the RNS-E is pretty much end-of-life...
 

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They stopped updating the firmware of the "192" version RNS-Es when the "193" version was introduced. One can assume that when the 193-level is no longer being installed in new cars that its firmware will be functionally stabilized.

I would think that Navteq will continue to update the map data.
 

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I would think that Navteq will continue to update the map data.
But since the map DVDs are sold through Audi (they always have been in Europe and it became that way more recently in the US) there will come a time when Audi stop selling compatible map DVDs.
 

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But since the map DVDs are sold through Audi (they always have been in Europe and it became that way more recently in the US) there will come a time when Audi stop selling compatible map DVDs.
If it comes to that then either that's the end of the updates or if RNS-E owners are lucky Navteq can resume selling updates.

Most manufacturers will supply parts for discontinued models for 5 years after the discontinue date. I don't think I'll be an RNS-E user by then.
 

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if RNS-E owners are lucky Navteq can resume selling updates.
Navteq only ever sold the update DVDs in NA, they've never done that in RoW - so we're totally dependent on Audi's attitude.

Most manufacturers will supply parts for discontinued models for 5 years after the discontinue date.
Some key, non-mechanical parts, of the A4/S4/RS4 B7 have already been discontinued so Audi don't have a great track record of going over 5 years.[/quote]
 
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