Audi reveals 7 technology wonders of the future

Article by Anita Panait, on March 2, 2012

Audi is so excited to implement all its seven future innovative technologies that it published a booklet describing them. Some of the new technologies will be soon installed on new Audi models while the others are still in early development stage. Audi has been working with strategic partners to develop new technologies that will place the carmaker ahead of its rivals.

These are Audi’s seven new technology wonders: 1) Ultra-lightweight construction: First and foremost of Audi’s future technologies is creating an ultra-lightweight body construction. It is common knowledge that light vehicles saves more gas and has better acceleration. Thus, Audi is emphasizing research on ultra-light body, chassis and suspension. 2) Garage Parking Pilot: This technology involves data exchange between the garage control computer and the WLAN of an Audi car, which allows the vehicle to be guided to a free space.

3) Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) technology: Audi plans to implement this technology on its cars in multiple ways. The company used the technology on its Audi R8 OLED concept wherein hundreds of small triangular OLED lights outline the car’s body contours. OLEDs arranged as a display can also transform the rear end of the car into an animated surface. 4) Hybrid body materials: Audi aims to use materials produced from combining new hybrid metals with carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) structures. Audi is currently in the midst of launching the process in manufacturing a Multimaterial Space Frame, which combines aluminum, steel and fiber-reinforced components.

 5) Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) coil springs: The company plans to replace conventionary steel springs with FRP coil springs, which are 40 percent lighter. The new FRP suspension springs will be first fitted in the Audi R8 e-tron model, which will be unveiled before the end of 2012. 6) Multi-touch controls: Uses the groundbreaking touchpad technology that allows users to operate the controls with several fingers. It also sends a physical response back to the user's fingers. 7) Predictive suspension technology: Audi plans to install stereo camera sensors to identify uneven surfaces on the road before the car approaches them.

The technology will then re-tune the active suspension to compensate with rough surfaces, thus providing the most comfortable ride as possible.Audi is also focusing on developing advancements in electronics, since it dictates the pace of innovation with electronic processing speeds doubling every two years. The company is concentrating on the development of the electromobility technology, which involves pure electric powered drivetrains. The company is also keen to keep its posts as the leader in vehicle lighting technology, as Audi pioneered the use of LED Daytime Running Lights.

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