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