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All things Audi
« on: May 29, 2012, 09:37:49 am »
I thought I had an Audi thread here. Guess it was 'somewhere' else.

Anyway, I have a love for the brand.

Here is the most recent commercial, that catches the eye. Their technology advancements are amazing.
I can't find a youtube for this, so one must go to the Audi site...  ;D

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Re: All things Audi
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2012, 06:40:06 pm »
Audi e-bike…
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A bicycle that runs at 80 kmph. The prototype cycle combining an electric drive and muscle power along with tech used on Audi cars was showcased at the Worthwhile Tour in Austria.

Audi unveiled an extremely emotion-inspiring sports machine, the Audi e-bike Worthersee at Worthersee in Carinthia, Austria. The prototype cycle combines an electric drive and muscle power. Head of Design Wolfgang Egg er Comments: “As s high-performance e-bike for sports and trick cycling, it features the Audi core competences of design, ultra, e-tron and connect.” The Audi e-bike Worthersee puts in its first major appearance at this year’s…

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Re: All things Audi
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2012, 06:50:02 am »
Niiiiiiiiiice.
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Re: All things Audi
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2012, 03:14:06 pm »
Audi Sphere

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AN INTERACTIVE EXHIBITION
On the 17th of July 2012, the interactive exhibition, Audi Sphere, was launched in front of Christiansborg Palace, the seat of the Danish Parliament in Copenhagen. In three large spheres visitors can experience key aspects of Audi’s cutting edge technology: Audi ultra, which is at the spearhead of lightweight automotive construction, Audi e-tron, the future of electrical mobility, and Audi connect – a networking strategy for all Audi vehicles. The exhibition is open until the 5th of August 2012.

THE SPHERES
In the connect sphere you can select a series of movies explaining networked driving by interacting with a playful, spherical multi-touch display. The selected movies are then projected onto the inside of the connect sphere, creating an immersive cinematic experience. In the ultra sphere you can move a large scanner display around a lightweight space frame construction. The scanner display shows a dynamical match of the completed car that merges with the space frame construction, seen from the user's perspective. In addition the scanner display reveals spatially distributed animations and information about specific ultra components along the scanners paths. Finally, visitors in the e-tron sphere can conceptually power the Audi e-tron Spyder, by putting wind turbines into motion and watch them transmit energy through a complex LED layout covering the space from wind turbines to the car.

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Re: All things Audi
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2012, 04:45:20 pm »
Talk about sucking them while they are young... brilliant marketing?

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Just the Facts:

    Audi has launched a new driving technology simulation game in PlayStation Home.
    The game features a drivable concept car that showcases Audi's Quattro, transmission and "ultra" technologies.
    The game targets 18-to-35-year-olds.


LONDON — Audi has launched a new driving technology simulation game in PlayStation Home.

The game features a drivable concept car that showcases Audi's Quattro, transmission and "ultra" technologies.

The game marks three years that the German automaker has had a space in PlayStation Home, the virtual social gaming platform for PlayStation 3.

Audi AG created the PlayStation Home space in 2009 to allow gamers to hang out and experience Audi's products and technology. It features everything from Audi AGtv, virtual lectures and announcements to mini-games like this new driving sim. As of this week, Audi AG has had 3 million users play a total of 15 million games in the space since it opened in December 2009.

The Audi Technology Experience game focuses on Audi AG's Quattro, transmission and lightweight construction "ultra" technologies. Gamers get to race a concept designed for the game on three tracks, and can modify their car while they chase gold, silver and bronze accolades. There are up to 50 free reward items including a new Audi personal space on the PlayStation Home network.

Edmunds says: The game targets a critical group that Audi hopes to get out of the virtual world at some point and into its real cars.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wca62x86FGY
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Re: All things Audi
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2012, 12:49:13 pm »
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Re: All things Audi
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2012, 12:51:15 pm »
Audi plans a flagship supercar R20; will be a LeMans racer for the road

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Flagship cars are the torch bearers for the brand. They are absolutely at the cutting edge of technology and science that their brand represents.



The easiest way to explain what a flagship car is to a particular brand – You have to take the examples of the Mercedes S Class, Buggati Veyron and McLaren F1. All these cars took a massive investment of labor, time and funds to make them iconic in their own realm.

Audi is ready create a new flagship car which will wear the four rings logo proudly on its front grill. Earlier, a zero emission Audi e-tron was supposed wear this crown but those plans seem to be on the backburner.

Audi’s new R&D chief Wolfgang Dürheimer wants to create a road going version of the super successful Audi LeMans LMP1 racer as the new flagship for the Audi brand.




The new Audi flagship, supposedly called the R20, will be a Buggati Veyron rivaling hypercar. Audi is expected to adopt a diesel-hybrid power train with a twin-turbo V6 mated to two electric motors with a combined output of 700 bhp and a 1000 Nm of torque.

It will feature an e-quattro layout wherein the two electric motors will be placed on the front wheels. The new setup will add additional torque vectoring, some zero-emissions capability, ultimate traction, an on-demand boost effect, and a beefed up torque curve.

Design  wise, the R20 will not be that far from the LeMans LMP1 racer. This will reduce the gestation period because the racer is already a two seater. Audi will only have to work on making the design production/road legal. The design features expected are –

    A downsized, single frame grille
    Stacked LED headlights
    Ventilated front and rear wings
    An adjustable tail spoiler
    A relatively narrow canopy-style cockpit accessed through gullwing doors
    A active aerodynamics system, which can distribute the downforce between the front and rear axles for optimum stability

On the inside, this will not be as luxurious as a Buggati Veyron but more on the lines of the Ariel Atom. Expect a thoroughly practical and race-focused interior. It will have a

    Dynamic mode selector
    A multi-functional black panel center display
    Active-contour seats with integrated four-point belts
    A multi-segment high-intensity windshield wiper
    A camera-based surround-view package

The R20 will be developed for a limited production of just 100 to 250 units. Expect the R20 to make a public debut at the 2016 Pebble Beach event.



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Re: All things Audi
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2013, 09:16:50 am »
We Welcome Our Robotic Valet Overlords
We Watch an Audi A7 Drive Away and Park in a Garage All By Itself—With No Driver [2013 CES]

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Audi’s future-tech blast at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show included an automated self-parking feature, which might not sound impressive. After all, Ford Focuses can now park themselves with minimal driver input—but Audi’s system will be fully autonomous, allowing drivers to exit the car and instruct it to go find a parking space and park itself. We had the opportunity to watch a prototype version of this system fitted to an A7 do its thing in the parking garage of the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Las Vegas, and it was nothing short of astounding.

The self-parking functionality eventually will include the ability for the car to go find a parallel-parking spot, park in owners’ garages, or navigate WLAN-equipped parking garages of the future, but the version we previewed was the iteration that only functioned within a laser- and Wi-Fi–equipped garage. Of course, the Mandarin’s garage normally boasts neither of those two technologies, so Audi retrofitted portions of the structure. Laser trackers communicate with the A7 via Wi-Fi, helping the car to locate itself within the garage as it seeks out a parking space. Why not just use GPS? Audi points out that in many parking structures—especially those of the underground variety—a GPS signal is hard to rely on.

Besides utilizing the assistance of the laser trackers, the demonstrator A7 uses its stock ultrasonic parking sensors (the front-mounted radar sensors used for Audi’s adaptive cruise control system aren’t needed) to avoid hitting things and to locate open parking spaces. Audi was quick to point out that the A7 equipped with the prototype system was completely stock—there were no bulky, experimental-looking autonomous-vehicle doodads added to the car. The only thing unique to this particular A7 was software tuned to receive location info from the garage’s laser trackers and its onboard sensors to manipulate the throttle, brakes, steering, and the shifting of the automatic transmission (the A7 preferred backing into the open space it found) to motor along sans driver.

Speed-wise, the A7 didn’t move all that quickly; our best guess is that it topped out around 5–10 mph. When pressed for a theoretical top speed, a German Audi engineer on hand for the demo simply responded that the system could operate at as high a speed as they wished to program it to, although high speeds in a parking structure hardly are necessary. Audi reps also hinted that the prototype’s speeds were being kept low because, well, it’s a prototype—if the thing were to go AWOL, it’s probably better if it does so at a walking pace. Regardless, 5 mph seems plenty quick when you consider the empty driver’s seat—it’s somewhat difficult to prepare oneself to witness an ordinary-looking Audi cruise by with no one in it.

The parking-garage system centered around a (prototype) smartphone app, which was used to instruct the A7 to go seek a space and to call the car to leave the space and drive back to the phone operator’s location. The app also would display in real time where the car was in the garage, and which spaces were open. So why isn’t this feature on sale now, if it clearly works in prototype form? Several reasons—the first and most important of which is the minor detail that most if not all parking structures lack the communications infrastructure to support the system. (Audi is working to so equip a garage in Ingolstadt, Germany.) The second major reason is that more tuning likely is necessary in order to let the self-parking car handle other traffic or pedestrians within the garage; during our demonstration, Audi blocked off a portion of the structure so that the A7 made the trip from valet stand to parking space unimpeded. The automaker is giving itself a decade to bring the advanced self-parking system to market, so you have a little while to get ready for the future.

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Re: All things Audi
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2013, 03:32:06 pm »
While I no longer own an Audi, it has definitely become a love of mine...

The Future of Audi is the S

It begins with the RS 5



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New York Times reporter once asked rally driver Walter Röhrl — two-time world champion and winner of the man-eating Pikes Peak hill climb — about confidence. "I never make mistakes," Röhrl said. "If you don't think this way, then you can never go fast."

Driving is like any other skill: Worry too much and you'll think yourself into a handicap. That's why it's harder to learn to drive stick when your dad is teaching you, and why Formula One champions have been known to puke on the grid before races. It's also what makes the 2013 Audi RS 5 so amazing. It does what few fast cars can: It gets out of your way and cheers you on.

The RS 5 is based on Audi's 211-hp A5 coupe. The S in its badge (for sport, predictably) name-checks the S5, an A5 with stiffer suspension and more power. The RS 5 (for the German rennsport, or motorsport) is that car on a horsepower-and-silicon bender, which seems silly until you realize that car companies are made up of human beings and there is no urge more human than wanting a crapload more of something. Power, in this case. Also glorious, ****-starting exhaust noise, of which the RS 5 makes buckets.



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For $69,795, you get a 450-hp, 8500-rpm V-8; standard all-wheel drive; and boxy fenders wrapped around planet-sized twenty-inch wheels. There's only one transmission option — a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic — and when it downshifts at speed, the torque hit feels like being rear-ended by a Freightliner. The seats, motorized body clamps with Matterhorn-shaped cushions, look like German S&M gear but are actually comfortable.

But a lot of fast cars are built like this. The RS 5's personality is what's special: It's distant, uninterested in your presence, and seems to want you at arm's length. The engine, a tweaked version of the V-8 in Audi's R8 supercar, is a steamroller hellion, but it's not so loud that it dominates the experience. The transmission is so brutally good at its job that you rarely think about shifting the car manually. The standard torque-vectoring rear differential abuses the pavement so well that you drive as if you had 45 hp — foot planted, always — not 450. The 4,009-pound RS 5 is an anvil, but it springs into corners with mesmerizing agility, seemingly independent of physics and your talent as a driver. It's like strapping on a pair of spikes and sprinting across a frozen lake — you know why you're not falling on your ass, but you still can't believe it's not happening.

The point here is confidence. Traditionally, fast cars have beaten you up. After a few miles, the Audi turns into vapor, leaving just a ribbon of pavement and your brain. You cover hundreds of miles, climb out, and think that's it. We live in the future, and I am in love with a four-wheeled robot.

For Audi, this is also a milepost. The German brand, a division of Volkswagen, has spent the past decade charging from bottom-rung sales to battling BMW and Mercedes-Benz for luxury dominance in America. It's climbed farther and faster than anyone expected. The only thing keeping it from being truly competitive is a balls-out performance division, the equivalent of BMW's M or Mercedes's AMG.

Over the past twenty years, Audi has brought just four RS-badged cars to America, seemingly unsure how to compete. With the RS 5, Audi has taken a different tack from its rivals. It's ridiculously fast, but, unlike most European muscle, it's not obnoxious. It feels genuinely different. That's pretty important. With modern cars, branding is king; performance matters less than doing something compelling and unique. Twenty-six years ago, when Audi's unintended-acceleration woes hit 60 Minutes, everyone assumed the company was headed for the gutter. Now it's atop the industry, a breath away from being the biggest luxury brand on earth. The RS 5 is a capstone in Audi's How to Take Over the World with a Car Company from Scratch thesis, and it's proof that you don't have to ape the greats to beat them on their own turf.
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Re: All things Audi
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2013, 03:47:39 pm »
That looks sick!
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Re: All things Audi
« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2013, 10:24:20 am »
Audi's Swarm concept reinvents the humble taillight

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Practically, this may be a terrible idea, but as a tech demo, it's an excellent illustration of OLED, and its potential to kick holes in the divide between what we think of as display technology and what we think of as lighting technology. The concept is called Swarm, and is in essence an ultra wide aspect ratio TV placed on a car's derrière where the taillights should be. The idea is that the swooping, fluid animations displayed will relay all sorts of useful information to other road users.


Audi's concept OLED taillight, Swarm


Dynamic patterns could relay information to other drivers


Some have raised concerns that the patterns could be distracting


Audi suggests Swarm could relay information about speed, traffic behavior, and the layout of the road ahead
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« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2013, 10:13:30 am »
I wanna see this in person!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2013, 10:52:22 am »
There's some possibility you won't see it in the states. They already have technology that will not be coming here because of laws.

Again, innovation is surpassing old laws. Sometimes we move soooooooo slow here.
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Re: All things Audi
« Reply #13 on: January 07, 2015, 09:58:33 am »
Well I never thought about posting something like this in the Audi thread. It makes just as much sense to put this in the techie thread...

Audi, LG Tie Up for a Different Type of Companion Smartwatch



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Let’s see –smartwatches that serve as companion devices typically work when used in conjunction with phones, right?  LG, however, had different ideas when it teamed up with Audi, as its new smartwatch is capable of controlling a car.

To give you an idea of why this is important, Audi took the autonomous Prologue on a 550-mile drive to CES 2015 with little human intervention.  And when it did finally arrive at Las Vegas, it came with a neat little surprise, a smartwatch that could be LG’s (distant) follow-up to the G Watch R.  As demonstrated, the device was able to start the Prologue’s engine with a mere tap, and was also used by Audi R&D head Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg to drive the car for a short distance.

Like the original G Watch R, LG’s new smartwatch runs on Google’s Android Wear OS/UX, but Audi added an extra user experience that does everything that Hackenberg showed attendees at CES 2015.  It also boasts of a new metal face and leather strap, and thanks to LG and Audi, it comes with NFC to enable the smartwatch to operate the car wirelessly.  Both companies are still working closely to figure out how to make the technology as safe as possible.

Though it wasn’t demonstrated, LG and Audi claim that the smartwatch can potentially unlock or lock the car, tweak climate control settings, operate the stereo, and do other simple tasks.  The device also comes with conventional smartwatch features, and is able to monitor a driver’s temperature and heart rate.

For the meantime, it may take a while before the new LG/Audi smartwatch becomes available, as Audi is reportedly planning to continue testing the device in private
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