A number of current-generation Audi A6 models in Australia have been recalled this week, due to a regional coding error in the navigation system of some models.
The fault affects models fitted with the advanced Navigation MMI (Multi Media Interface) Plus system, some of which have been coded with settings intended for overseas markets.
The system includes integration with Google Earth, which allows details and photo imagery to appear on the vehicle’s display, giving the driver additional information about their destination.
In overseas markets, this information can be displayed while the vehicle is moving, but Australian legislation only allows for it to be shown while stationary.
The result is that, for those Australian vehicles affected, the Google Earth information is displaying when it shouldn’t – a state that is regarded locally as a distraction and a potential hazard.
Some 330 Audi A6 vehicles are affected, and Audi customers are advised to contact their nearest dealership for a software update.