(Relaxnews) – Audi has revealed details of seven new technologies it believes could soon be changing the way we drive.
The automaker, which is gearing up to display at the enormous CeBIT technology show this week (March 6-10), is keen to emphasize the rapidly increasing sophistication of its vehicles in the face of competition from the likes of Ford and Mercedes-Benz.
At CeBIT, Audi will open automotiveDay on March 8 with an overview of the technology and its vision for the mobility technology we’ll see in the future.
For now though, it has revealed a host of developments it is working on to AutoBlog — below, Relaxnews has taken a look at what they are and what they do.
Audi Wireless Charging
This will allow the electric cars of the future to begin charging automatically when parked in a certain space. Audi isn’t the only one working on this — Toyota is said to be testing similar technology with Google.
Garage Parking Pilot
Driving around multistoreys looking for a spot could soon be a thing of the past with this technology, which allows drivers to sit back while their vehicle is guided to a free space in the garage automatically.
Garage Parking Pivot
Cars that park themselves are already available, but Audi is working on technology which can position by an empty space in the garage and then maneuver the car into ever-tighter spots.
LED lights are common on vehicles nowadays, but OLED (organic light emitting diodes) will make for paper-thin lights across the car which will (in Gizmodo’swords) make future Audis ‘glow like jellyfish’.
Hybrid body materials
Alloys are common in automotive manufacturing, but the next step is mixing metals with carbon-fibre-based materials for a significant increase in strength with no impact on weight, Audi says.
Expect smartphone-style screens that respond to pinching and tapping to debut before ling.
What if your car could ‘read’ the road ahead and change its suspension accordingly? Audi believes that within a few years, cameras mounted on vehicles could be used to scan the terrain ahead of the vehicle to make adjustments in dampers automatica