Audi has presented a wide range of innovations in the technology fields of controls and displays, infotainment, connectivity and lighting technology, in driver assistance systems and in piloted driving at the ongoing 2015 CES in Las Vegas, US.
To mark the expo, an Audi A7 piloted driving concept will motor from Stanford in Silicon Valley to Las Vegas.
The long distance test drive of the Audi A7 piloted driving concept car will show the performance that can be achieved with a series production technology.
Prof Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi board member and head of Technical Development, said: “The test drive from the west coast of California to Las Vegas demonstrates our leadership role in piloted driving.”
The test drive in real world traffic and road conditions represents a joint effort by the Volkswagen Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) and Volkswagen Group Research and Development, began on Sunday in Stanford, CA. The Audi A7 piloted driving concept will drive approximately 900 kilometers.
The A7 piloted driving concept utilises the latest technologically advanced systems developed by Audi.
The concept relieves the driver of driving duties from zero to just over 110 km/h. The car, that has been named ‘Jack’ by the development team, can initiate lane changes and passing maneuvers.
In addition, the A7 piloted driving concept accelerates and brakes independently.
The car’s zFAS driver assistance controller will upload data collected during the journey to the Cloud where it will be processed, then transmitted back to the car, enabling the car to permanently expand its data repository and making it an intelligent and adaptive vehicle.
Audi’s new hardware and software solutions are flexible and intelligent, and they provide added operating comfort.
Audi connect, a rich portfolio of networked applications, also offers new solutions. In the new Audi Q7, the driver can use a smartphone to link up with the software environment of Apple Car Play and Android Auto. The system also provides the driver with access to Napster’s and Aupeo!’s music worlds and to online updates of navigational maps.
A virtual cockpit shows all of the car’s displays in the Audi TT (standard) and the Audi Q7 (optional). This fascinating digital instrument combination boasts elaborate 3D graphics and animations as well as great scope for customization.
The driver assistance systems is another area where Audi opens a new chapter in the new Audi Q7. Solutions such as the Predictive Efficiency Assistant and adaptive cruise control including congestion assistant point the way towards upcoming piloted driving technology.
The four spectacular cars that round-off Audi’s presence in Las Vegas are the standard TT Roadster, RS 7 and R8 LMX as well as the Audi prologue piloted driving showcar, which was purpose-built for CES.