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Ulrich Hackenberg Predicts Button-Free Audi Interiors

audiDuring the next couple of years, we will see Audi automobiles with touchscreens replacing electrical turbochargers under the hood, all buttons, and a few types of independent technology. That is what Professor Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg (pictured at left), Audi board member of specialized development, revealed at last week’s Los Angeles auto show.
Following up on the Audi Prologue theory (revealed below), which replaces nearly all its interior switches and buttons with touchscreen controls, Hackenberg affirmed that future Audi production cars are going to have fewer and fewer physical controls.
“I believe there will be one day where it’s zero,” he said with regard to how many physical buttons future automobiles must have. “I think the customer now is used to touchscreens. It is no issue for the client to manage it.”

In a few automobiles, Audi will continue the motorist-centered infotainment system setup revealed in the 2016 Audi TT, where screens and each of the functions are in front of the motorist. A similar system will likely be utilized in the next Audi R8. But in other vehicles with numerous passengers, a conventional screen organization will continue.
“So R8 and TT will be entirely motorist-oriented, as well as the automobiles which are full of children as well as a wife or distinct individuals, they consistently will have a principal screen in addition,” Hackenberg said.
Brilliant thoughts
Audi would truly want to bring some of its most intelligent lighting technology to the U.S., but American regulators keep blocking it. Among those technologies: Matrix Column headlights that may selectively supply low- and high beam illumination on various elements of the street, and directional turn signals that light up in a pattern to indicate the direction the vehicle is suggesting.
“It is a good effect so the customers like it. The customers like it enjoy it in Europe, I believe they also would enjoy it in the U.S.A.,” Hackenberg said. “We need to discuss to the authorities to make this potential. The authorities [the talks] are in an excellent method.”
Electrical turbocharging
Having demonstrated the Audi RS5 TDI theory with all the technology, Hackenberg affirms that Audi intends to make use of electrical turbochargers on future versions. The point would be to decrease the brief hesitation away from a stop (especially with diesel engines) before conventional turbo can spool up. That needs a 48-volt electrical system — almost every automobile on the planet now uses a 12-volt system — which will be introduced on the next-generation Audi A8 luxury sedan and Audi Q7 big crossover. A lithium-ion battery that is bigger will be utilized for 48-volt automobiles.
Audi does not mean every car will have the technology, simply because it can build engines with electrical turbochargers. The attribute might not be received by autos with affordable base engines, nor will plug in versions as the torque hole can be filled in by an electric motor while a turbocharger spools up, obviating the requirement for an electrical turbo.
Piloted driving
Audi is hard at work developing semi- and fully-independent automobiles — the firm refers to the attributes as Piloted Driving — but has found to furthering the technology one stumbling block.
“In case the vehicle tells the driver, ‘I’ve a trouble, please [take control]’, then we understand in our studies the motorist wants up to ten seconds to do it in a safe way,” Hackenberg said. “If you do that with the speeds we’re thinking of, then you require lots of detectors, lots of investigation, to be sure that the choices the automobile makes are right.”
That means the sovereign automobiles of Audi must have the ability to call a possible issue up to ten seconds in advance, in order the motorist that is human can retake control of the wheel. One option would be to have two concurrent computers, which both will assess input signals from the vehicle ‘s detectors and also make predictions about what’s going to occur next. The vehicle will request the human motorist to take over, when there is a disagreement.
While the human driver will not give a company timeline for creation versions, Hackenberg stays assured about Audi’s research into self-driving cars.
“We’re on an excellent method, we’re a leading firm for autonomous driving,” he said.