Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Audi | posted May 26, 2015 02:41
The R8 e-tron concept is Audi's third self-driving car
Audi has revealed the R8 e-tron piloted driving concept at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show Asia in Shanghai.
Audi's third self-driving car is based on the 2015 R8 e-tron which debuted during this year's Geneva International Motor Show. The R8 e-tron piloted driving concept features the brand's 'Space Frame' design which combines aluminun and carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) materials.
The concept can drive by itself through the interplay of the following components: laser scanner, video cameras, ultrasonic sensors and radar sensors. After receiving signals from these components, Audi says the central driver assistance control unit computes a comprehensive picture of the vehicle's environment.
The R8 e-tron piloted driving concept is fitted with a high-voltage T-shaped lithium-ion battery that has been designed for a “purely electric drive.” Audi adds that the battery's energy capacity has increased from 49 kWh to around 92 kWh.
According to Audi, the concept can achieve an electric range of 450 km. It is equipped with the Combined Charging System (CCS) which allows charging with direct and alternating current. With this, the car can be fully charged in “significantly less than two hours.”
The self-driving concept also comes with two electric motors that delivers 462 PS and 920 Nm of torque. Audi claims that the R8 e-tron piloted driving concept can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds.