Aluminium Audi aims to be automatically better in traffic
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.