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Neural networks are the basis for human thought and sensation. Artificial intelligence emulates the complex connections linking our nerve cells. The result is intelligent technologies that Audi is incorporating into its cars to help them think, feel and learn.*

Sabrina Hüßner (copy)

Our ability to see what we see and hear what we hear is the result of a chain reaction involving countless neurons in our brain. These complex structures are also known as neural networks. They help us to categorize sensory impressions, process information and perform tasks. Neural networks empower us to learn. Individual nerve cells continually send out signals to communicate with one another. Right from their earliest beginnings, science and technology have taken a leaf out of Nature’s book. So it’s no surprise that neural networks serve as a template in artificial intelligence to get machines to think.

The interaction between numerous individual smart systems in an Audi car result in a larger intelligent whole. Today, the central driver assistance controller, or zFAS, already demonstrates the close dovetailing of intelligent technologies. The compact onboard computer pools data from all the car’s sensors. While the zFAS’s computing power is equivalent to the entire electronics architecture of a well-equipped mid-range car, the high degree of integration means that the controller is the same size as a small tablet. It receives and analyzes signals to create a comprehensive picture of the vehicle’s condition and environment. Finally, this data is then communicated back to the car as driving instructions. As such, the zFAS is a precursor to tomorrow’s piloted driving, which will perform better, the more the systems in an Audi work together.

The focus in the future will not only be on optimum networking within cars but above all on getting the greatest possible number of vehicles on the roads to exchange information. This is what will drive the learning effect. In the coming years, the HERE database will supply precise navigational data—essential to tomorrow’s piloted driving—in addition to live data provided by all participants connected to the network. All of this information will be reflected in a digital map, as far as is permissible under privacy laws. This means the car will know what lies ahead on the road, allowing it to predict and proactively avoid risks. Enhancing safety as well as efficiency is the role of car-to-x services. By networking cars, they allow vehicles to communicate with each other as well as with traffic infrastructure. Traffic and hazard information is already available. The upshot is that Audi models can exchange updates on speed limits and hazards, such as accident scenes, via cellular networks. With Traffic Light Information, Audi is providing a glimpse of tomorrow’s mobility. Thanks to communication with traffic lights, fuel consumption and emissions can be reduced and valuable time saved. Already online in some US locations, the service can be used by all 2016 Audi A4 and Audi Q7 cars equipped with Audi connect***.

Driving dynamics

Audi drive select*: The driving dynamics system offers a choice of different modes that range from especially comfortable to a distinctly sporty experience. Its effects can also be felt in key components such as the steering and suspension.

Electronic stabilization control (ESC)*: This intelligent software solution selectively brakes individual wheels and intervenes in the engine management. The electronic limited slip differential improves traction and handling when cornering for a sharper response and more agile steering.

quattro with ultra technology*: The latest version of the Audi permanent all-wheel drive predictively engages or disengages the Audi technology so that dynamic driving can also be efficient. By deactivating the permanent all-wheel drive when it’s not needed, consumption is reduced.


You will find all the smart assistants an Audi can be equipped with online in the Audi Technology Portal.


Audi assistance systems


stop & go function*: The stop & go function supports the driver with autonomous braking, if necessary bringing the vehicle to a complete standstill, and automatically resumes driving at the driver’s request (available in conjunction with S tronic/tiptronic only).

adaptive cruise control*: With the help of a radar sensor, adaptive cruise control maintains speed and following distance from the vehicle in front.

traffic jam assist*: Traffic jam assist provides partially autonomous driving, taking over steering at speeds of zero to circa 65 kilometers per hour—for example, when following the vehicle ahead in slow-moving traffic. Within specific system parameters, the technology recognizes lane markings as well as other vehicles in the same lane, lending support with steering, accelerating and braking in congestion.

Audi pre sense*: Audi pre sense reduces the risk of collisions and enhances protection in critical driving situations. If necessary, the system initiates preventative measures to protect the car’s occupants. These include tensioning seat belts, activating hazard warning lights and closing windows.

Audi lighting technologies

Predictive efficiency assistant*: The predictive efficiency assistant uses adaptive cruise control and navigational information about corner radii (curve assistant), town and speed limits (speed limit assisatant) to provide predictive, adaptive speed modulation. What’s more, the system also selectively regulates engine drag torque and coasting phases to promote fuel savings.

Audi active lane assist*: Audi active lane assist helps drivers to stay comfortably within lane markings. If, at speeds above roughly 60 kilometers per hour, the system is active and the driver starts to drift without activating the indicators, the system will intervene gently but perceptibly to keep the car in its lane.

adaptive light*: Comprising the dynamic cornering light, variable headlight range control and static turning lights, adaptive light provides ideal illumination for all driving conditions, increasing safety and driver reaction times.

Audi Matrix LED*: The glare-free high beam in the Audi Matrix LED headlights ensures optimum visibility at all times. Individual LEDs are dimmed or deactivated as soon as another vehicle is detected by the camera. Based on route data from the MMI Navigation plus, the diodes also adjust the cornering light just before the wheel is turned.

Digital matrix light: Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) technology is considered the next quantum leap in lighting. Millions of light pixels not only mask out other road users with pinpoint precision; they can also distribute the light in front of the car in any number of ways, including high-resolution projections for optimum driver support.

OLED: Organic light emitting diodes are fitted in interiors and tail lights. Unlike point light sources such as LEDs, OLEDs are a flat light emitting technology. This means the illumination they produce reaches a new level of homogeneity and can be dimmed continuously. Thanks to the extremely flat and precise light produced, they lend themselves to entirely new design possibilities. OLEDs cast no shadow and don’t require reflectors, light guides or other similar optical components—making them very efficient and lightweight. In addition, they require very little cooling.

Audi marker lights*: The narrow light guides in the interior work in tandem with the Exit Warning assistance system. If either the driver or a passenger wants to open the door while a vehicle is approaching from the rear, the red marker lights pulse at short intervals.


Audi sound systems

Bose Surround Sound: Specially configured to the listening environment inside the car, the system measures background noise as well as filtering out and compensating for unwanted sounds. Manual audio system adjustments are a thing of the past.

Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System: For an entirely new sound dimension, the standard Audi sound system can be optionally upgraded with 19 controlled loudspeakers. The 3D music turns your cabin into a concert hall.

Piloted driving

Personal route assist*: When the MMI Navigation plus function is active, the system learns which routes the driver regularly takes and remembers destinations, parking spots and times of day. It then harnesses this knowledge to optimize route planning and make suggestions during the next trip.

zFAS*: The central driver assistance controller, or zFAS for short, is the beating heart of tomorrow’s highly advanced assistance systems and future piloted driving. This compact central controller uses the signals from the various sensors to compute a digital model of the vehicle surroundings.

Car-to-x: This service networks with Audi connect, linking vehicles and letting them communicate with one another and with the traffic infrastructure. In addition to analyzing hazard information and exchanging warning signals as well as recognizing road sign information about temporary speed limits, Traffic Light Information helps optimize traffic flow. This service is currently only available in selected US locations, such as Las Vegas.

Audi connect***: All the applications and developments that link Audi models with their drivers, the Internet, the infrastructure and other vehicles. They transform the car into a mobile infotainment and communication center.

*All the systems mentioned** provide support only within the specified system limits. Maintaining control of the vehicle remains the driver’s responsibility at all times.
**All the assistance systems and equipment features presented here are optionally available depending on the Audi model.
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