Audi is one of the many car companies exhibiting at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, where it is presenting three future automotive trends of electrification, digitalisation and piloted driving.
The Audi e-tron quattro concept combines each of these innovations that build upon technologies that are used in its production cars today. These are displayed at the CES in an interior mock-up to enable visitors to experience Audi’s new control and display concepts.
A curved OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) of the Audi concept’s virtual cockpit lies in the driver’s immediate visual field. This is supported by AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diodes) technology that offers new creative freedoms in designing display shapes. The two displays of the Audi MMI on the centre console offer an outlook on the digital future, with key functions controllable by voice.
Behind this new operating and display concept is the latest extension stage of the Audi Modular Infotainment Platform, MIB2+. Its further boosted computing power makes it possible to drive several high-resolution displays, and MIB2+ has been prepared for the latest mobile communications standard: LTE Advanced, which can download data into the car at a maximum speed of 300 Mbit/s. LTE Advanced also enables mobile ‘phones using the VoLTE (VoLTE = Voice over LTE) method, which shortens the time needed to make a phone connection and increases voice quality.
The Audi virtual cockpit – a fully digital instrument cluster with a 12.3-inch TFT display – provides all information in intricately calculated and brilliant 3D graphics, in which drivers can choose between different views, with the latest models have MMI terminals resembling the concept that is familiar from modern smartphones – flat hierarchies instead of complex menus.
Audi Connect covers all applications and developments that network an Audi with its owner, the Internet, infrastructure and other vehicles, with a free Audi MMI connect app to bring more services into the car such as Online Media Streaming, offering access to the services of the subscription music portals Napster and Rhapsody and the Aupeo! radio service.
The Audi e-tron quattro concept is an all electrically powered sport SUV with three electric motors creating a total output of up to 370 kW enable a quattro drive system and electric torque vectoring for maximum dynamic performance and stability. The 95 kWh battery, located between the axles and therefore in an ideal position in terms of the centre of gravity, enables a range of over 310 miles. The Audi e-tron quattro concept car is a preview of a future production model that will arrive on the market in 2018.
The e-tron quattro concept also has piloted driving technologies on board, which Audi will be launching into production in the near future. They include piloted driving in traffic jams and piloted parking. These services represent greater safety, time savings, efficiency, comfort and convenience. The systems can make a valuable contribution toward safety, especially in situations in which the driver is either overwhelmed or underwhelmed by driving tasks.
The core component of future systems will be the central driver assistance controller, known as the zFAS. Information is continually acquired from all of the car’s sensors and processed in this compact module. They include signals from the 3D cameras, the laser scanner and radar and ultrasonic sensors. The high computing power of the zFAS gives it the ability to continually compare the data of vehicle sensors to the environmental model of the road.
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