Audi A8 to get new safety Lidar software
Safety has always been a high priority for German giant luxury car maker Audi and the next stage in collision avoidance is already underway. Braking is not enough for Audi AG and the plan is to build a system that enables a vehicle to swerve to avoid a crash.The technology that is being developed, which includes sensors, software and processors, will come with a backup if anything fails to operate correctly. The company will put changes into effect with the zFAS central driver assistance controller, which is planned to be in production within two years.
The system will first appear in the newly-designed A8 saloon, said the chief of development at Audi, Alejandro Vukotich. The control centre of the system, or brain, is a computer about the size of a tablet. The system will analyse obstacles in front of the vehicle and will also examine the environment it is passing through.Luxury brand companies are all working towards a fully-autonomous vehicle and, like Audi, they see this happening around a decade from now. The introduction of software such as this is another step along the way and the A8 will be a company flagship showcasing what can be achieved. The A8 will be the first Audi vehicle to be fitted with Lidar software, which uses a pulsed laser to measure the distances between obstacles.