German car manufacturing giant Audi is one of the worldwide leaders when it comes to automotive technology. They often come up with new, innovative technologies that are intended to improve a car’s performances, but also increase traffic safety and fuel economy.
This system is the latest addition to the series of technologies that are part of the predictive intelligence concept, which Audi is trying to implement on each of their models. They’ve had huge success with previous technologies that are similar to this one, such as the adaptive cruise control and the active lane assist. The predictive suspension system is developed with one goal in mind: to help drivers avoid potholes, and enjoy a smooth ride. It’s a pretty intricate system, involving cameras, sensors, special software and a unique suspension system design.
There is a forward-facing camera that is mounted on the rear-view mirror, which along with sensors, scans the road 65 feet ahead, and sends information about road conditions to the software system, which analyzes this information and works to adjust the suspension system accordingly. Then, the specially designed suspension system will lower or raise the wheels, so that the car can go over bumps and potholes, and passengers won’t feel the changes on the road surface. This will definitely help reduce the number of car accidents and make your ride more comfortable.
Audi Wireless Charging
This technology is developed in collaboration with WiTricity Corporation, and should revolutionize the way electric vehicles are charged.
Electric cars have offer many benefits, and are very good for the environment, but there are a couple of downsides that come with having an electric vehicle, such as the limited driving range they provide. The wireless charging technology includes an inductive charging system, which involves a coil installed in the ground at your driveway or garage, and another coil integrated in the car. Once you put your car into position, a magnetic field is activated and the charging begins. Charging electric vehicles will be much easier this way, and you won’t have to get out of the car and put a cord in it to charge it. Audi plans to install these systems on as many locations as possible, such as parking garages, and even on streets and highways, and we can expect to see this technology being used as early as 2015.
Lately, Audi are mostly focusing on green technologies, developing the e-tron concept, a hybrid sports car, auto-piloted parking, as well as the wireless charging system and that’s the directions where are they heading to in near future.