Audi is seeking to further strengthen its leadership position in the area of driver assistance systems. The brand’s engineers are working hard to develop solutions aimed to provide drivers with even greater convenience and safety. Lighting technology is also a key aspect here.
90 percent of all traffic accidents can be attributed to human error. Many of them could have been avoided with modern assistance systems. Audi is fervently driving development in this area of active safety.
The brand already offers a wide range of assistance systems. They keep the car at the desired distance to the car ahead and apply the brakes if a collision appears imminent. They help the driver to change or maintain the lane and to park. They detect speed limits and see far ahead at night. In many Audi models, these systems are tightly networked with one another, making them intelligent, versatile and capable.
The importance of driver assistance systems will continue to grow in the future. Audi engineers are exploring the entire breadth of this field of technology in all its forms while never losing sight of the concrete benefits of the technology. Whether radar, camera, laser or PMD diodes – Audi has a number of innovative solutions on hand involving the sensors, their function software and the interaction of the modules.
Ideas such as the trailer maneuvering assistant or the piloted parking system, which drives the car into the garage autonomously, are dedicated to enhancing convenience. Another interesting technology is the traffic jam assistant, which assumes some of the steering duties from the driver in slow-moving traffic. In this and a few other areas, Audi is working closely with governments and the responsible authorities so that it can fully exploit the opportunities afforded by the law.
When it comes to safety, Audi is dedicated to the belief that preventing accidents has the highest priority. The assistance systems should provide the driver with targeted support in crisis situations, but if a collision occurs nevertheless, they should have a de-escalating effect. Audi is also further improving its adaptive restraint system in combination with the new technologies.
One important project that the Audi development engineers are currently working on is automatic emergency braking, with different versions for city and interurban traffic. The intersection assistant provides added safety at intersections and junctions. Other systems warn the driver and passengers of hazards when leaving parking spaces or when getting out of the car.
One aspect of great importance to all of this development work is the networking of the car with the infrastructure and other traffic participants, which at Audi falls under the term “Audi connect.” Assisted and piloted driving are milestones along Audi’s route to a fully networked car that avoids accidents.
Another key aspect of active safety is lighting technology, a field in which Audi is a driving force at the forefront of progress. The headlights are a design element that gives Audi vehicles their distinctive appearance. With technologies such as adaptive light, they already react to their surroundings and to other traffic participants.
Audi engineers and designers are thinking in many different directions as they develop the lighting technologies of tomorrow. Two central themes have crystallized out of this: The lights of Audi vehicles will react more sensitively to ambient conditions in the future and will communicate more closely with the vehicle’s surroundings. And new functions and effects will make them even more attractive.
Another area of development at Audi is by-wire technology, in which mechanical or hydraulic components are replaced by electronics. It offers numerous opportunities for integrating new assistance systems into the vehicle.
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