Audi Elaine: A highly Automated Concept Car with Visionary Technology for the Future

In Sep 2017, Audi presented its Elaine concept car at 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show. Audi Elaine automated concept car is equipped with highway pilot driving system. It is pushing the envelope for piloted driving and assistance systems as well as demonstrating the visionary concept and development direction in autonomous driving for the Audi brand in the future.

Design Concept

An exterior length of 4.90 meters, a width of 1.98 metersand a height of 1.53 meterswith a wheelbase of 2.93 metersposition the Audi Elaine in the C segment, close to the Audi A7. It sprints from 0 to 100 km/hin just 4.5 seconds. With the battery’s energy content of 95 kilowatt-hours, its range is in excess of 500 kilometers. In addition, the concept car’s lighting technology is an innovation that is visible by both day and night.Digitally controlled Matrix LED units at the front and rear produce an excellent light yield.
For its drive, the Audi Elaine uses a configuration that Audi will use in future production models with all-electric drive: One electric motor on the front axle and two on the rear power all four wheels, transforming the high-performance coupé into a quattro in typical Audi style. 23-inch wheels in a technical 6-spoke design highlight the confident presence of the SUV coupé.

Audi AI, highly automated highway pilot system

Audi Elain is equipped with numerous functions that push the envelope for piloted driving and assistance systems, and in a few years will also extend the scope of Audi AI in production models. The foundation is provided by a much more advanced zFAS controller installed in the rear.
The new generation processor has more computing power and refined sensors with even greater range and precision. The Audi Elaine can therefore serve its owner as a highway pilot, relieving the burden on the driver over extended distances. The highway pilot is an extension of the traffic jam pilotin the A8 and allows piloted driving at speeds from 60 to 130 km/h. When the highway pilotis active, the Audi Elaine changes lanes automatically-it can pass and then return to the original lane, for example. It can initiate, perform and complete such actions autonomously, without any involvement of the person behind the wheel. If the driver does want to intervene, they can do so spontaneously at any time.

Audi AI, intelligent connection

The networking of the car and the infrastructure is crucial for driverless mobility. The driver only needs to parkElaine in a designated area (the handover zone) and exit the vehicle. From there, the Audi concept car drives automatically and unoccupied into a multistory parking garage offering a variety of services, such as a car wash, a gas station or a charging post. Thanks to Audi AI, the car does all of this itself.
Connected with its surroundings, the intelligent Audi can even locate an unmarked parking space on the side of the road and pull precisely into it. At the desired time, the vehicle is back in the handover zone, ready for its next journey. Drivers can follow the actions of their vehicle at all times and even add new tasks using an app.The Audi Elaine will thus become an IoT device (Internet of Things), seamlessly and smartly integrating itself within the world of its user.

PIA Personal Intelligent Assistant, the super brainof the assistance system

The best operating concept is the one that is ideally adapted to the driver, the one that relieves him/her of as many actions as possible and that autonomously carries out routine operational inputs PIA, the personal intelligent assistant, follows precisely this principle. Using artificial intelligence methods, PIA combines data intelligently with one another-data from the car, data about the driver, traffic jam reports and traffic projections, as well as information from the internet. PIA also responds to voice inputs and uses tailored algorithms to communicate autonomously and adaptively with the user.
Meanwhile, PIA gets to know the driver by observing their behavior patterns. This opens it up to use for a broad range of applications: navigation, selection of music, selection of the desired Audi connect service, climate control, suggestion of a parking space or maintaining the regular distance to vehicles ahead on the highway.

Audi Fit Drive-exclusive butler to care about your driver and care more about your health

Every Audi today already is equipped with the latest technology and offers top-level comfort and safety. As a private place of retreat and all-round networked space, Audi Fit Driver makesthe Audi Elaine concept vehicle an empathetic companion. In many situations, it knows what the driver needs, collects and transmits information about the most important vital signs.
If Audi Fit Driver detects increased stress or fatigue, for example, the vehicle systems adapt themselves accordingly in a relaxing, a vitalizing or a protective manner. Thanks to intelligent algorithms, the system gets to know the driver better and better.