The autonomous Audi R8 unveiled in China
The Audi R8 e-tron, which is a state-of-the-art luxury concept car, has recently been on display in China. This car is so sophisticated that its driver can relax and surf the internet while in transit and the prestigious Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Shanghai was the location chosen for the unveiling.
The electric self-drive model is the third piloted car conceived by Audi, with earlier experiments in this sector producing the RS7 and the A7. This new concept has a 455bhp powertrain and has the capability of accelerating to 62mph in an amazing 3.9 seconds. With the battery charging time from empty to full reduced to around two hours and a 155mph top speed, this is a serious motor; however, it is still just a concept.
As you would expect from Audi, the inside has lots of gadgets and high-tech features that enable the driver and passengers to do other things while the car is moving. The whole package is controlled by a central computer that examines data captured from the environment the vehicle is passing through.
Rupert Stadler, Audi CEO, said: "The Audi R8 e-tron piloted driving represents the technology trends of our industry." The debut of the car in China, however, comes at a time when the luxury car market has gone into decline, with demand falling in the first four months of this year by 5.2%.