Me showing the self parking of our new Audi Q3, the car is really nice especially with the high end motor generating 210hp which will take you up to speed in no time. When you are inside the car you do feel that you are in an SUV as you are higher off the ground than in an A4 Avant but you have to remember that it is both not as long nor as wide as the A4.
► Audi's automatic driving in traffic jams
From Audi adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function to traffic sign
recognition -- right across its model range, Audi offers a broad assortment
of assistance systems that make driving even more relaxed and under
control. The assistance systems are closely integrated, providing them with
a high degree of intelligence and outstanding capabilities.
Adaptive cruise control (ACC) with Stop & Go function acts as the core
component of the Audi driver assistance systems. The system regulates the
speed and the distance from the vehicle in front over a range of zero to
250 km/h (zero to 155.34 mph).
The ACC Stop & Go function employs one or two rear-mounted radar sensors
depending on the configuration. The sensors transmit radar waves in order
to detect objects up to 250 meters (820.21 ft) ahead of the vehicle. The
driver can vary the distance to the vehicle ahead and the control dynamics
in multiple levels - from sporty to comfortable. In stop & go traffic the
system slows down the car to a standstill. After a brief stop, such as at a
traffic light, it automatically drives off and follows the vehicle ahead;
after a longer stop, the driver must tap the accelerator pedal or briefly
activate the control stalk. Audi adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go
function interacts closely with other driver assistance systems; it
utilizes the data from almost 30 control units to analyze all of the
vehicle's surroundings. The system uses this broad knowledge base to
recognize complex scenarios and offer anticipatory support to the driver.
Because it works in conjunction with the MMI Navigation plus, it knows
which route lies ahead and can use this information to control the
Audi offers a number of versions of adaptive cruise control for different
model series -- including without the Stop & Go function. The individual
versions differ slightly in their mode of operation due to the different
degrees of networking and configurations.
► Audi's automatic driving for parking
Audi's automatic parking systems operate by means of either ultrasound or
cameras, which display images via the onboard monitor. One particularly
convenient solution is park assist. When backing into a parking space, it
performs all the necessary steering movements; it can handle both parallel
parking and parking perpendicular to the street. The system finds a parking
space with ultrasound sensors that scan the roadside in two dimensions
while driving at moderate speed. The system notifies the driver via a
message in the display once the sensors have found a space which is large
If the driver wishes to park in the space, he or she shifts into reverse
and the park assist system takes over the steering. The driver must
accelerate, shift gears, and brake. When parallel parking, the detected
space is large enough if it is about 80 centimeters (2.62 ft) longer than
the vehicle itself. Park assist can perform multi-point parking maneuvers
and also offers support in leaving parallel parking spaces.
Another technology from Audi is the parking system plus with surround view
cameras. Four small cameras -- in the single-frame grille, at the rear and
in the side mirror housings -- record the vehicle's immediate surroundings.
The driver can call up a variety of views on the large onboard monitor,
including a top-down virtual view. On corners or junctions with an
obstructed view, the system can analyze cross-traffic otherwise invisible
to the driver in front of or behind the vehicle.
Audi Piloted Parking (Audi's self-parking car)
Audi's self-parking car
Audi recently demonstrated a car that can park itself without the need for
a driver.For Audi, one technology with which it hopes to leap ahead is a
local Wi-Fi hotspot and integrated 3G/4G for internet access for passengers
while on the road.
But the most impressive technology-led iniative for the company is still a
way off: a self-parking car, or, as Audi calls it, Piloted Parking.
The idea behind it is rather simple: you exit your vehicle, pull out your
smartphone, click a button and the car drives itself off to a parking spot
at a nearby garage.
The car uses an array of internal and external sensors to get its position:
Audi claims they can be as accurate up to 10cm, but only if they have
access to special laser sensors inside the parking structure (four of those
scanners had been set up in the parking structure to support the demo).
These might be redundant in the future, as the car maker is working on a
laser sensor that will be integrated in the car itself (think the sensor
tower on top of Google's self-driving car, but completely integrated in the
The self-parking system also needs access to the car park's management
system, in order to find and allocate a free parking space and transmit the
route to the car. Since most modern car parks have more than one level or
are underground, GPS-based positioning is not really an option, so instead
the management system uses Wi-Fi to transmit the route.
The technologies that Audi is developing for its future piloted driving
system have been highly acclaimed by US experts. The "Popular Science"
magazine has named the Audi system for piloted parking in parking garages
"Product Of The Future." The editorial team is thus recognizing the most
significant developments presented by Audi at the Consumer Electronics Show
2013 (CES) in Las Vegas.
The new Audi system was also commended as "Best Automotive Technology" at
this year's CES by specialized media network "The Verge." Ricky Hudi, Head
of Electrics/Electronics Development at Audi: "The awards acknowledge our
development work and show that we are on the right track."