Auto Know-how – Audi and Volkswagon, Radar Following and Auto Security

The place is the brand new auto know-how? The place is it? Now we have it now, shouldn’t we use it to cut back the 42,000 deaths in cars per yr? We appear to be getting the shaft on all this new know-how which might save lives in cars and appear to be somewhat behind Germany although a lot of the know-how has come from our personal MIT genius youngsters right here.

It’s because the Large Three are attempting to shave prices to compete and now we see with the greenback down and the Euro up that now the overseas automotive makers are additionally reducing their security options on many fashions as an example: Volkswagen to chop prices and scale back funding. Volkswagen mentioned it will lower prices and scale back funding after income greater than halved final yr and gross sales of its newest Golf V hatchback received off to a weak begin.

In the meantime it’s mum or dad firm Audi is busy testing some new radar assisted driving and anti-collision merchandise in proving grounds in AZ.

I not too long ago had the chance to have espresso with the pinnacle engineer from Audi and he defined the issue of getting the know-how into American vehicles is that they have been anxious about class motion lawsuits and value in order that they weren’t going to place within the latest ECS gadgets:


What’s most unlucky about that is that 42,000 individuals die a yr in auto accidents on this nation now. We will repair that, after all this new know-how will develop into sufferer of sophistication motion legislation fits. We have to instantly kill all of the attorneys, Shakespeare was proper, Caesar mentioned it finest, then we are able to transfer ahead to avoid wasting lives.

In Germany on most of the Audi fashions they’ve radar assisted following gadgets. For each 1 kilometer per hour the automotive is again half that distance so at 60 KPH the automotive is behind the automotive in entrance of it by 30 meters. Works nice and several other new vehicles have assisted white proper line following additionally. Additionally they’ve a system that if a automotive is parked in entrance of you within the lane, your automotive lets off the accelerator and barely tightens the seatbelts just like the Honda SmartCar after which the steering wheel places strain to go across the impediment, as your reflexes then take over.

The brand new ESC additionally interfaces with this method however it must be an all-wheel drive automotive for it to all work. This might assist in Winter Climate security too. Now we have additionally seen the climate is altering shopper shopping for habits for all wheel drive automobiles on passenger vehicles in addition to SUVs, so individuals is not going to be bothered with placing on chains on their vehicles. As a result of want by automotive patrons to have a “go-anywhere, do-anything” succesful automotive after the current SUV development we see that customers have developed an affinity for this freedom in all their automotive decisions.

Automakers are additionally seeing this it seems and are able to fulfill the shift in choice by promoting extra vehicles that switch engine energy to all 4 corners – generally referred to as all-wheel drive, not 4 wheel drive though that too is means up in demand, all-wheel drive additionally shifts management across the automotive as you drive and is a SmartCar Know-how. By 2006, automotive patrons who need All- wheel drive can have their selection of some 42 fashions, in line with Business Analysts and the web site Gurus? This a 2/3 improve from the 2003-2004 mannequin yr. Now we have even heard estimates that by 2008, the variety of all- wheel-drive vehicles on the street will double by right this moment’s rely, properly a minimum of that is what Ford’s Visteon Corp., unit is saying and naturally they hope so since they’re a provider of all- wheel-drive know-how and different SmartCar digital techniques. For automakers, the rising demand for all-wheel-drive vehicles means larger income and better prices on vehicles for such choices. All-wheel-drive techniques now price as much as $1,500 as non-obligatory gear.

The rising curiosity in all-wheel drive is clear after testing the Detroit Auto Present prototype vehicles. All these vehicles can have superior dealing with and higher cornering for these 10 PM to midnight canyon burner runs at Mach 2, which if you’re an actual automotive lover you absolutely perceive. Automakers with solely rear-drive fashions vehicles could discover this a problem because the shopper now has a selection of All-wheel drive in addition to producers who’ve bee spending years convincing shoppers that front-wheel drive is best on unhealthy roads. Now shoppers can have all of it, these confused shoppers will almost definitely go for the each or All situation. All-wheel drive primarily affords the perfect of each worlds.

Simply over 50 p.c of American ladies and 55 p.c of their male counterparts surveyed mentioned they like All wheel for security and/or efficiency, together with the apparent profit of higher traction. Good Vehicles are making associates and influencing individuals and the security profit to all could be very unimaginable. SmartCars and Clever transportation.

If we take a look at the historical past of good automotive kind applied sciences we are going to see that that is all the time the way it begins. It wasn’t greater than a decade or two in the past that we sought and anti-locking braking techniques, or ABS. At first, this was the security profit and solely an possibility and solely obtainable on the high-end vehicles. Not too long ago we’ve seen GPS navigation techniques obtainable as an possibility, now many the posh vehicles, it comes normal. We’re seeing this development additionally on midrange vehicles and SUVs. It wasn’t too lengthy that airbags got here onto the seen at first a security merchandise and an possibility later turned normal on most of midrange and high-end automobiles, now airbags are on almost each automotive, a minimum of for the driving force. About 50% of the fashions in Europe have the ESC choices with all-wheel drive and within the US about 6% do to the necessity to lower the prices and nonetheless promote the vehicles.

In 30 years fatalities in Germany are down about 70% within the US per mile pushed about 20%, which is nice, however we are able to nonetheless do higher. Keep in mind when th large information got here out about Firestone? Properly truly solely 3% of deadly rollovers have been from tire put on, the remainder from driving situations and pilot error. Lack of management of about 20% of those accidents might have been prevented by ESC and will probably be obligatory on 8-15 passenger vans by 2006.


These figures from the Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security in Arlington, VA. In a German examine Mercedes diminished the lack of management accidents by 21% by including ESC to all their fashions. Curiously sufficient you can not get ESC on a Ford Explorer since that possibility doesn’t exist till you get to the Expedition or Tour SUVs. 4-Runner by Toyota has it obtainable right here within the US. There’s an attention-grabbing article on this in Enterprise Week, April 28 2003 by Christine Tierney which is true much more right this moment than the day she put pen to paper.

After we mentioned these points with our Audi Engineer buddy; he mentioned that on the A3 by means of A8 Audi there was an possibility for $3000-4000 for the radar following gadgets, and in Europe you’ll be able to order your automotive your means. As a matter of reality on an A3 essentially the most primary mannequin there are 350 attainable mixtures for bumper configurations, between varieties of fog lights, colour, design, and so forth. Additionally and sadly the German authorities has discovered a approach to put infrared image cameras which is able to ship you a ticket within the mail for rushing, as soon as once more we did good the German radar in WWII they usually have used their army know-how for civil use to gather fines from speeders with this new infrared gadgets. We’re seeing an increasing number of digicam pink gentle unmanned gadgets on our street methods and computerized ticket cameras in the USA now.

Fortunately the radar assisted following auto-pilot doesn’t work beneath 20 mph so within the metropolis or cease and go on the Belt Method, Boston Tunnel, 405 FWY, I-5 in Seattle or I-10 in Houston it is not going to work. Additionally the palms free mobile phone hooked to the radio just isn’t an possibility however a should because the ticket is 80.00 Euros when you have your mobile phone on whereas driving except hooked-up. And for GM and all of the great hotshots that assume they’ll personal the China automotive market you may need to assume once more the Audi A6 for China market is already made there. Certainly ultimately as soon as they ramp up it’s extremely seemingly they may emerge market winners, however at this early stage they’re behind the gun. Additionally notice that within the bigger cities, they can not take anymore vehicles, the visitors is insane, higher off to stroll or bicycle round.

In Beijing there’s a 100% in one-year development charge for added vehicles. Discuss visitors you’d be higher off to catch a cart, moped or stroll. Though the A6 in China is naked bones and almost with out suspension to economize, it’s their foothold into the Chinese language market. Presently being examined is a Diesel automotive just isn’t related to any drive prepare. It runs a gentle 1800-2000 RPM and essentially the most environment friendly for the least quantity of air pollution which prices batteries whereas driving or parked and runs 42 volts electrical system, which is hooked to every wheel with a motor to show the wheels, likewise all the facility steering, and different parts runs on the electrical energy. In addition they have out now an Audi A8, which places out 330 HP and an R56 which places out 450 HP. The attention-grabbing factor getting again to the electric-diesel hybrid is the effectivity and cleanliness. It’s a actually good system. So Ford can also be on the transfer these days: FORD LAUNCHES INTELLIGENT HIGHWAY REVOLUTION:

Ultimately, nearly all municipal automobiles could possibly be outfitted with the brand new wi-fi sensor know-how.


All in all you need to be somewhat extra impressed with what Audi is absolutely doing than what Ford is planning on; I’m not positive if that is of worth to you, however I met the pinnacle engineer from Audi engaged on the A’ collection A4 A6 A8 and so forth. from Germany, I believe he was on his approach to the Proving Floor in AZ and he was speaking in regards to the radar assisted following gadgets they use in Germany. Had some attention-grabbing issues and performing some secret assessments. How these devises could be put in for $3,000 US as an possibility as soon as the tort legal guidelines have been diminished and they’d be hitting the dealerships as quickly as that occurred. The automotive follows half the space of the pace. 50 miles per hour 25 toes. Their all wheel drive system would hook as much as it and if the automotive was stopped within the lane and no vehicles in beside it, it will go to the subsequent lane offering there was no strong line. Additionally built-in was the auto-pilot know-how of following the road on the correct. Too many lawsuits for end merchandise legal responsibility has slowed progress however with partial class motion lawsuit reform we may even see extra threat taking with these new applied sciences.

Audi did some work in the USA within the ITS enviornment throughout to not way back at DENSO – i.e. automotive navigation techniques/GPS. Among the ideas of the programmers of those techniques have been that folks fail to understand that when you hold a car in movement it truly emits much less tailpipe emissions. Fixed idling, and cease and go are the worst situations for emissions, so the financial savings can also be to the well being of the general public and may even scale back well being care insurance coverage. Now then there are different corporations engaged on these things within the US too. That is completely great know-how you’re engaged on. An interactive SmartCar. The problems is with economies of scale and value. With the Large Three reducing prices, we’re not getting the know-how we should always within the states. The issue I see is with ABS and All-wheel drive or ESC it’s arduous to get full worth out of all the opposite applied sciences.

I spoke with Honda in regards to the seat belt tightening and letting off the accelerator and consider that is of worth, I’m glad you’re engaged on this. Now, then because the Audi man was telling me they’re testing a automotive, which runs a sure pace on a regular basis so it doesn’t pollute at optimum. After which it prices batteries, which run all wheel drive on a system, which has all the perfect applied sciences. They’re operating this factor 7000 hours.

The man I met from Germany had been cruising the nation speaking to individuals. If the little and smaller engine runs at 1800 RPMs to 2000 and is quiet like an Onan Generator it might run quiet on diesel and cost the batteries and run on the 42-volt system? Energy steering, ABS, every wheel has a motor. If a motor goes out you feather the props on the motor throughout from it and it turns into two-wheel drive till mounted by utilizing a small centrical clutch. All runs net-centric. Works for me and is significantly better for all of the HUD shows, transportable enterprise workplace WiFi, electronic mail, GPS, Web Faxing, CD, DVD, film and video techniques. It’s making a greater and smarter automotive on an identical platform in seems to be however the guts are completely re carried out. Simply constructing smarter, extra environment friendly and higher vehicles, it is smart for the 42,000 who die every year in auto accidents.

With cease and go visitors, Diamond automotive pool lanes, toll cubicles all messing up visitors flows the problems of atmosphere are nearly nearly as good because the 15% much less accidents which might be deadly per yr. Mercedes confirmed 15% with ESC alone, think about all this know-how we’re talking with now. However the value is the promoting level to US Producers and naturally if individuals hold their vehicles 3.2 years on common however finance them for 8 years different points ensue. Additionally long run leases will want GPS and Satellite tv for pc RFID ping discovering gadgets; Enterprise Lease a Automobile rolls out long run leases and we consider this may occasionally in truth be good.

Let’s face it vehicles are getting smarter and individuals are getting dumber. I suppose Audi goes to do that on their Pasat, A4, A6 and later the A8. So the Good US Large Three want to remain heads up. And also you wager they may as the brand new applied sciences are positive to warmth up the automotive gross sales competitors amongst shoppers. 40% of shoppers are mentioned to rank auto security their primary or two precedence in selecting their subsequent automotive.