The A8 Sees Bumps Before it Hits Them

The A8 Sees Bumps Before it Hits Them

0 comments 📅22 June 2017, 22:15

“I’m not boozy, I’m just avoiding potholes,” is the bumper sticker that adorns the rear of innumerable a lowered car. Scanning the road for bumps need no longer concern the owners of Audi’s upcoming A8.

Tied to the car’s 48-volt “mild-mixture” electrical system, the A8’s suspension will predict bumps to level them out.

“Predict,” authority be a little overblown, but it will actually see them and react to them before they flat arrive, by using its front-mounted cameras to look down the road.

Scanning the roadway 18 times a second, the A8 looks for bumps and prepares the right amount of moratorium travel through its active actuators.

Effectively, the car sees a bumps, softens the discontinuing as it’s hitting it, and lets little to none of the jolt into the cabin.

A side allowances of the A8’s Electronic Chassis Platform (ECP) is that it allows the car to be taut and stiff when that’s what you hanker after. So, if you’re driving enthusiastically, the car stays level and stiff, but on your commute haunt, the A8 is soft and pampering.

Even better, if you’re driving enthusiastically and hit a bump, the A8 has already seen it, so it doesn’t get protean. In combination with rear-wheel steering (which gives it a smaller turning cordon than the A4), Audi argues that the new A8 will be eminently chuckable without giving up the swank comfort of a limousine.

The final trick up Audi’s sleeve, though, is that, for the basic time ever, the ECP is also used to help protect occupants during an fortune.

By raising the body by up to 3 inches when an accident is detected, the A8 moves the force of an repercussions down to the stronger parts of the car. Instead of hitting the windows, for example, the impact would hit the window sill, lowering the weight on occupants by up to 50%.

The A8 will be presented to the public on July 11 in Barcelona, but will basic be seen in “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” premiering on June 28.

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