At more than 550 miles of piloted highway driving with journalists behind the wheel, Audi is demonstrating the era of automated driving is nearly here. The long-distance test drive of the Audi A7 piloted driving concept car will show that unprecedented performance can be achieved with series production technology. The drive will take place from Silicon Valley, California to Las Vegas, Nevada to attend the International CES 2015 (Consumer Electronics Show), one of the world’s most important electronics trade shows.
“The test drive from the west coast of California to Las Vegas demonstrates our leadership role in piloted driving “, said Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi Board Member and Head of Technical Development. 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, begins today in Stanford, CA. The Audi A7 piloted driving concept will drive more than 550 miles, approximately 900 kilometers.
- Journalist test drives lead to International CES 2015
- Audi A7 piloted driving concept utilizes production ready sensor technologies
- Audi to present future technologies at Consumer Electronics Show (CES)
The A7 piloted driving concept utilizes the latest technologically advanced systems developed by Audi. The concept relieves the driver of driving duties from 0 to 70 mph, or just over 110 km/h. The car, that has been affectionately 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. Before initiating a lane change to the left or the right, the vehicle adapts its speed to surrounding vehicles. If the speed and distance calculation is deemed safe, the vehicle initiates the lane change with precision and in a timely manner.
The piloted concept vehicle utilizes a combination of various sensors, many of which are close to production ready. The long range radar sensors of the adaptive cruise control (ACC) and the Audi side assist (ASA) keep watch of the front and rear of the vehicle. Two mid-range radar sensors at the front and rear respectively are aimed to the right and left to complete the 360 degree view. Laser scanners are mounted within the Singleframe grille and the rear bumper skirt. The scanners deliver redundant information to provide detailed recognition of static and dynamic objects during piloted driving. The technologies are production ready including their vehicle integration and cost structure for vehicle production in the near future. A new hi-resolution 3D video camera, already integrated into the next generation systems found in the new Q7, takes a wide-angle view out in front of the vehicle. Four small front and rear mounted cameras view closer surroundings. Navigation data is used for basic vehicle orientation.
Before the piloted driving system reaches its limitations, in city environments for example, the driver is requested to take control of the vehicle to ensure proper safety. Multiple warning signals work in unison: colored LEDs at the base of the windshield, signals in the driver information display, a Central Status Indicator (CSI), as well as a acoustic warning indicator requires the driver to retake control. Should the driver ignore the signals, the system activates the hazard lights and brings the car to a full stop while minimizing any risk. In most instances the vehicle is stopped on the right emergency lane.
The training for the journalist test drivers taking part in the 550 mile trek took place several weeks ago at the Arizona Proving Grounds. Each journalist will drive approximately 100 miles utilizing the piloted driving system. A trained Audi professional test driver will accompany the media from the passenger seat for added safety.
Audi will present its “Next Chapter” at CES from January 6th through 9th, 2015 in Las Vegas. The technologies of today and the projects of tomorrow will be presented at one of the most relevant, trendsetting electronic trade shows in the world. The primary topic will be the the connected car with its surroundings. Piloted driving, new user and display interfaces, modern infotainment and new Audi connect solutions, as well as LED and laser-matrix lighting technologies will be presented. These and additional highlights will be shown as part of the world premiers: a show car and the interior model of the new Audi Q7*.
Audi and INRIX debut online traffic services at CES 2015
- INRIX XD Traffic to be available in 2015 vehicles with Audi connect®
- Service provides up-to-the-minute traffic insights for best routes, travel times and alerts to accidents and incidents on the route
- Audi connect services provide real-time traffic information for improved navigation
Audi and INRIX®, Inc. have partnered to help drivers better tackle the challenges of daily driving with the introduction of INRIX XD™ Traffic services to Audi vehicles in North America, available in model year 2015 Audi vehicles with Audi connect®.
Making its debut at the 2015 Consumer Telematics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, INRIX XD Traffic delivers real-time navigation information to the driver, including routes, travel times and alerts to incidents on the road. INRIX XD Traffic services cover more than 2 million miles of road in North America, including highways, ramps, interchanges, arterials, city and other secondary roads.
“The addition of INRIX XD Traffic to the Audi connect suite of services gives Audi drivers one more valuable tool to assist with the unavoidable challenges that come with everyday driving,” said Anupam Malhotra, Senior Manager of Connected Vehicles, Audi of America. “The dynamic flow of traffic information means customers can count on their Audi vehicles to help them find the best route to their destination.”
“A higher level of data resolution and improved re-routing algorithms means INRIX XD Traffic provides drivers with an unprecedented level of traffic precision,” said Andreas Hecht, Vice President and GM of Automotive, INRIX. “This embodies the standard of performance and innovation customers expect from Audi.”
The addition of INRIX XD Traffic to the Audi connect* suite of services complements real-time parking availability and fuel information services already available through Audi MMI® Navigation-equipped vehicles. INRIX Park helps drivers navigate to the closest available parking, easily compare rates and get turn-by-turn directions to the entrances for more than 23,000 parking locations in North America. Additionally, INRIX Fuel provides location and real-time fuel price information for more than 140,000 gas stations in North America. This service automatically updates price per gallon by grade from payment transactions at gas stations for the most current fuel price information available. Combined, all services work to produce a variety of insights and information that makes navigation easier for Audi owners.
Other available Audi connect services include Bluetooth® mobile phone connectivity as well as real-time new, local traffic, travel and weather information, social media feeds, access to Internet Radio stations and more.
Audi and INRIX will demonstrate these services in vehicles on display at the International CES in Las Vegas from January 6-9, 2015.
Fuel consumption figures Audi Q7:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8,3 – 5,7;
Combined CO2-emissions in g/km: 193 – 149