As the premiere day of the Audi A8 (D5) comes closer, the company again gives us another preview of the luxury sedan’s new features before we see it in person in Barcelona on July 11. In this preview, Audi reveals that the range topper will feature an active suspension system that has the ability to sense bumps ahead and automatically adjusts its suspension, for a smoother ride overall.
You might be wondering how that works. Well, there is a front-mounted camera which enables the car to scan the road 18 times per second, and once the information has been sent to the suspension, it automatically pre-sets itself - the driver doesn’t even have to do anything.
The A8’s new feature will completely get rid of any “vibrations and jolts” and the company is very confident about the efficacy of this particular feature. The system is quick enough to react to the information that will be obtained by the camera once it sees a bump on the road, the suspension’s actuators will be programmed to provide the perfect amount of travel to actively control the electromechanical suspension system before hitting the uneven road.
To make this possible, each wheel will have to be equipped with an electric motor, which will be powered by a 48-volt main electrical system. This technology will help improve the overall stability of the car, as well as boost comfort when going over bumps, especially when cornering, accelerating, or braking. This suspension will be working hand in hand with a four-wheel steering system which also aids in the stability, while giving the A8 a turning circle smaller than that of the A4.
Another cool feature that the A8 has is that the sensors can detect an impending collision around the vehicle. So in case of an inevitable side crash at speeds of over 15 miles per hour (25 kilometers per hour), the suspension will automatically raise the vehicle’s body on the exposed side by 3.1 inches (80 millimeters) in under a second, with the stronger areas of the sedan such as the side sills and the floor structure being more prominent. As a result, it reduces the impact on the driver and the passengers by 50 percent.
With this technology, you wouldn’t even think that the roads are uneven, since the ride will be silky smooth. Just make sure you don’t fall asleep when you’re the one behind the wheels. The active suspension is indeed the ideal technology for those who enjoy going on long, out of town drives.
Apart from the July 11 debut of the A8, you will also be able to witness it in the new Spider-Man: Homecoming movie which will be soon be out in cinemas.