Cars are part of the In­ter­net of things

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - — WR.

AT the 2015 Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show Asia that was held in Shang­hai, China, this week, Audi CEO Ru­pert Stadtler talked about how cars are be­com­ing part of the In­ter­net of things.

The In­ter­net of things are all the in­ter­con­nected de­vices that talk to sys­tems, from stock-mon­i­tor­ing de­vices to heart mon­i­tors.

Stadtler also pre­sented a ver­sion of the new R8 e-tron elec­tric su­per­car equipped with Audi’s up­com­ing au­ton­o­mous driv­ing tech­nol­ogy.

Stadtler stressed that the R8 e-tron Pi­loted Driv­ing is strictly a con­cept car, but added many of the self-driv­ing fea­tures are ready for pro­duc­tion.

To prove the point, an A7 Pi­loted Driv­ing pro­to­type fer­ried vis­i­tors around at the CES Asia from the event’s Shang­hai expo area to the Bund river­side with­out any driver in­volve­ment.

Un­like the Google car’s un­gainly ar­ray of sen­sors, Audi has neatly pack­aged a new type of laser scan­ner, sev­eral video cam­eras, ul­tra­sonic sen­sors and radar sen­sors at the front and rear to place it­self on a road.

A com­pact cen­tral com­puter cre­ates a com­pre­hen­sive pic­ture of the ve­hi­cle’s en­vi­ron­ment to steer, make gear changes and brake the e-tron.

Audi self-driv­ing tech­nol­ogy will be sold in the new A8, to be launched in 2017. Ini­tially, the big sedan will be able to han­dle only some park­ing sit­u­a­tions and slow-mov­ing traf­fic on its own, but when the pro­to­cols sur­round­ing cul­pa­bil­ity in a self-driv­ing car crash are set­tled, the A8 will be able to han­dle all driv­ing sit­u­a­tions.

The R8 e-tron is also a con­cept car, but with a 92-kWh bat­tery and a claimed driv­ing range of some 450 km, this is com­pe­ti­tion for the Tesla, should Audi start to sell the elec­tric su­per car.

PHOTO: AUTOZETUNG.DE

The Audi R8 e-tron su­per­car is part of the In­ter­net of things.

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