After it
introduced the A7 Piloted Driving car, during the last round of DTM season in 2014, Audi continues to showcase its technology, this time with the help of a concept. It is the Audi Prologue Concept, already introduced this year during Los Angeles Auto Show.
Self-Driving Concept
The prototype, which is an updated version of the LA concept, features laser scanner, several video cameras, ultrasound sensors mounted out of sight and front and rear sensors ready to cooperate in data capture. The central controller known as zFAS is the keystone of piloted driving. This compact master unit calculates a comprehensive impression of the car’s perimeter based on the signals provided by the scanners, the camera and
the sensors.
The concept car has a length of 5.10 meters (16.7 ft), a wheelbase of 2.94 meters (9.6 ft), a width of 1.95 meters (6.4 ft) and a height of 1.39 meters (4.6 ft). High-resolution matrix laser technology is yet another instance of Audi breaking new ground in design and function.
Inside the concept, an intelligent software identifies the user by his or her smartphone or smartwatch and adjusts the seats and the air-conditioning to suit. The system also makes recommendations for music and route planning that are oriented towards the owner’s preferences.
The power is provided by a hybrid powertrain with a combined output of 505 kW (677 hp) and 950 Nm (700.7 lb-ft) of torque. It takes the two-door coupe from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.5 seconds. Fuel consumption as measured under the New European Driving Cycle is just 7.9 l/100 km (29.8 US mpg).