Alu­minium Audi aims to be au­to­mat­i­cally bet­ter in traf­fic

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

AUDI had plenty of up­dates and a few con­cepts at the Frank­furt Mo­tor Show, which closes this week­end.

Its ur­ban con­cept (seen in this col­umn last week) is an open-wheeled city car akin to the Volk­swa­gen NILS, nei­ther of which one sus­pects will make pro­duc­tion. More re­al­is­tic is the A2 con­cept, which would re­place the orig­i­nal, alu­minium A2. This A2 is an elec­tric four-seater ca­pa­ble of 124 miles af­ter 90 min­utes of 400 volt charg­ing. The body is alu­minium, with parts in car­bon poly­mer. The con­struc­tion of the 18-inch wheels saves 2kg and the to­tal weight is 1,150kg or 23.5 cwt.

The sin­gle-speed drive to the front wheels pro­duces 62mph in 9.3 sec­onds and 93mph. There is a semi-hands-off mode when in slow traf­fic.

This would ap­peal to me – if it is as sim­ple as it sounds. Audi’s Dr Bof­fin ex­plains: “Two large in­ward-point­ing touch-sen­si­tive pads are used to con­trol all the car’s key op­er­at­ing func­tions bar the turn in­di­ca­tors and the wind­screen wipers, and if both these touch pads are touched si­mul­ta­ne­ously the car en­ters this ‘semi­au­tonomous’ mode. In this mode, the driver can man­u­ally in­ter­vene and re­gain full con­trol of the ve­hi­cle at all times, as is cur­rently the case with the Adap­tive Cruise Con­trol with stop & go func­tion on which the new tech­nol­ogy is based.” Con­vinced?

FRIENDLY ELEC­TRIC: Audi’s A2 con­cept car with a ‘semi au­ton­o­mous’ mode in traf­fic.

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