Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Audi | posted January 07, 2015 13:35
Powered by a hybrid powertrain
Audi has revealed the Prologue piloted driving concept at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The said concept is an updated version of the Prologue concept that Audi debuted at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show last November. It has the same exterior styling which features the brand's high-resolution Matrix laser headlights along with a wide radiator grill and 3D glass LED taillights.
What makes the Prologue piloted driving concept different is its ability to drive itself. With the addition of a laser scanner, video cameras and ultrasound sensors Audi claims that the Prologue can go on auto-pilot.
The said components work together and sends data to the central controller known as zFAS (zentrales Fahrerassistenzsteuergerät, central driver assistance controller). According to Audi, the zFAS is a compact unit that calculates “comprehensive impression of the car's perimeter” based on the data provided by the scanners, camera and sensors. Simply put, the zFAS is the key component of the concept's ability to drive itself.
The Prologue piloted driving concept is powered by a hybrid powertrain that is made up of a 4.0-liter twin-turbo TFSI V8 engine and a 2.6 kWh lithium-ion battery. With this, the concept has a combined output of 686 PS and 950 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to an eight-speed e-tiptronic transmission and it can go from 0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds.