The German premium brand plans to equip all of its models with a special supercomputer. The peculiarity of the novelty is that this system can control up to 90 different vehicle systems. The exact timing of when Audi will begin introducing the new technology is still unknown.
As automakers rapidly expand the automotive industry, introducing ever more advanced technology and innovation, new vehicles are becoming even more sophisticated. Seeking to make it easier for advanced components such as powertrain, chassis and safety systems to work together, the next generation of Audi vehicles will have a "more developed brain".
This may sound like an oversimplification, but this is exactly what the German company Audi is going to come to.
The German automaker today announced plans to introduce a much more advanced computer called the Integrated Vehicle Dynamics computer in all of its models. This supercomputer functions as the central control for the vehicle's dynamic systems. Audi's new central computer system is ten times more powerful than the one used in the current models of the brand, and they will be able to control up to 90 different systems, depending on the application in the car.
The new computer will find its way into all Audi models, from the compact A3 to the massive Q8 crossover, as well as the all-electric E-Tron SUV (pictured below). Audi says this speaks to the versatility of the dynamic computer, as it is designed to work with cars "at all performance thresholds."
In Audi's electric vehicles, the computer will monitor and control critical systems such as brake regeneration, which accounts for up to 30 percent of the battery's potential range. In the company's most powerful models
, which bear the RS index, clever systems like anti-roll bar and active suspension will also be controlled by the vehicle's dynamic computer. It also marks the first time that chassis and powertrain controls will be housed in a single component - which Audi says will bring more comfort and performance to its vehicles.
Audi did not specify when the company's models will receive the new supercomputer, but the automaker's engineer mentioned that the new component is already ready for mass production, which means that the introduction of the new technology will happen soon.