Audi has introduced a variety of new technologies at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
First up, their piloted driving (aka autonomous driving) system is designed to fully drive the car for a "limited period of time." Created to make traffic jams less stressful, the system can steer, accelerate and brake the car at speeds between 0 and 60 km/h (37 mph). In order to prevent hitting pedestrians or other vehicles, the system uses two radar sensors, eight ultrasonic sensors and a wide-angle video camera to constantly scan the horizon for obstacles.
Audi also envisions a piloted parking system which would enable owners to exit the vehicle and let the car park itself. Utilizing the vehicle's various sensors, the car would park, shut off the engine and send a confirmation message to the owner.
In the cabin, Audi will focus on creating 3D displays, high-performance infotainment systems (with a quad-core processor that is clocked at up to 1.4 GHz) and a 3D audio system that promises to produce natural sounding music. Speaking of the latter, Audi showed off a Q7 Sound Concept with 23 speakers and an amplifier with an output of over 1,400 watts.
Last but not least, Audi will continue to push the bounds of lighting technology. The company's Matrix LED headlights will have small diodes that can be dimmed or individually switched on and off to provide optimal illumination. Audi is also experimenting with laser taillights that project a red line behind the car to tell the driver in the vehicle behind them to maintain a sufficient distance.