Remember when we covered the new technology Audi was planning on releasing that allows drivers to see when lights are turning green? While that tech has gone from planned to existing on current vehicles. That’s right! If you pick up a modern Audi, there are some situations where you’ll be able to see when lights are going to change from red to green. This technology is still very limited and will only work in specific areas, but its exciting to see it start getting rolled out anyway.
Where it’s Available
The technology was tested out in Las Vegas first and now that it’s available on more widespread vehicles it’s still only working in Southern Nevada. That means you’ll have to pick a spot in that area to live if you’re truly interested in using the technology right now. If you’re fortunate enough to live in that area already, you could obtain this technology, but you’ll have to pay a small premium for it.
How it works
The Audi “Time to Green” feature actually taps into nearby traffic light timers and uses that information to let drivers know exactly when they can expect the light to change. The tool is highly accurate and makes driving much more enjoyable. There’s no more awkward wait for the light to change.
Getting the Service
If you live in southern Nevada and you decide you can’t live without the service, it’s actually pretty easy to obtain. You just have to pay for the Audi Connect Prime service. It’s $199 for six months of connectivity, and the tech comes along with a bunch of additional services as well. You’ll enjoy dozens of features overall, which should make driving around more enjoyable.
It’s Sure to Spread
It’s a bit sad that the technology is only available to such a small subset of people at the moment, but it’s not going to remain that way. With the success of this small trial run, the tech is sure to spread to other major cities around the country and then to the smaller rural locations as well. It’s just a matter of waiting for it to become more commonplace.
Audi recently showed just how innovative it can be as a company, by developing self-parking technology using scale model vehicles. Through the use of small self-powered cars, Audi is creating a computer system that can effectively handle parking a vehicle all on its own. That’s a pretty cool feature that most Audi owners will enjoy, but it also demonstrates a unique learning tool that can help shape the way that Audi develops new features in the future.
How the Vehicle Learns Self Parking
Audi has the 1:8 scale vehicle that’s outfitted with ultrasonic sensors and a series of cameras to collect data from its terrain. The system is also fitted with a central computer, that can collect information from those sensors. Essentially what happens is that the system gathers up all the information that it can from the outside environment, and it uses that information to make important decisions about how to park the vehicle. With all the information gathered up, it will park the car where it belongs.
In order to make sure that the parking technology works the way it is supposed to, Audi continually runs simulations and has the computer system gather more and more data about different situations. All these learning opportunities are making it possible for the automobile to learn how to effectively park itself with more skill.
Developing a Self Driving Vehicle
While this approach is currently just being used to develop a self-parking system for Audi vehicles, it could be used to help develop a self-driving car as well. The scale-model approach gives Audi lower cost test-subjects to make use of, and it allows the automaker to set up courses and situations more affordably. It’s a good way to at least start the learning process and work on developing autonomous features for Audi vehicles. Everything learned from the testing and research for the self-parking project can be applied to future driving projects as well, giving Audi a good head start toward more advanced features.
The automaker is very interested in automated driving and has been making major advancements toward autonomous vehicles. With that said, it shouldn’t be long before more advanced features like self-parking vehicles and self-driving cars make their way out to the general public. It’s programs like these that make that a possibility and give Audi the ability to run more tests, and to develop automotive intelligence more efficiently.
The 2017 Audi A4 is an interesting blend of poise and power. It has a posh exterior and that many will mistake for weakness. Once you hop inside this little sedan, the whole professional facade melts away and you see that there is much more to this power house of a sedan. It’s quick off the line, handles with powerful precision and is a blast to drive around. Here’s a full overview of the little sedan and why it should be on every professionals Christmas list this year.
A Professional Exterior
While a Corvette, a Lamborghini, a Viper are all showing off their sporty heritage right on the outside, the 2017 A4 is doing the exact opposite. It’s almost like Audi had the goal of building a potent “sleeper” car. This neutral-toned, simple styled A4 would look at home in the garage of any business executive. The A4 is lightly molded, gently creased and given just enough accents to have an upscale look while offering a timeless exterior that’s still going to look quite nice a decade from now. It’s a nice professional looking vehicle, but on the outside you would never guess that it’s a fast vehicle, or that it offers a fun ride. The fact is, the A4 exterior styling is so misleading that you’ll be amazed when you climb behind the wheel.
Technical Gadgetry and Gizmos
If you like your cars to be just as plain and standard inside as the 2017 A4 looks on the outside, the A4 isn’t the car for you. Once you climb inside the cab of this car it’s clear that the A4 is anything but dull. It’s jam-packed with bright screens, interesting controls and cool lighted accents that give it a futuristic look. It’s still clean looking and nicely styled, but nobody is going to be confused into thinking that it’s a classic once they climb inside.
The 2017 A4 comes with a highly capable media system and a revolutionary virtual cockpit that shows off apps, navigation and other systems nicely.
An Exhilarating Drive
There’s something special about driving the 2017 A4. It could be the precision controls you’re presented with, the high level of power that makes the little sedan feel like it’s literally gliding down the road, or the whisper quiet way that the engine operates, even under extreme pressure. It maintains startling composure during standard operation and shifts from gear to gear with a smooth little tick. The A4 does suffer from a slight amount of turbo lag, but it jumps from 0 to 60 in just 5.3 seconds and it’s a blast to drive around.
If you’re looking for a professional compact, that still knows how to have fun, the 2017 Audi A4 is the car for you. It’s a blast to drive around and it’s well worth taking a look at. Sure it isn’t flashy, but that’s why so many people choose to own one.
Both the2018 Audi A5 and the S5 coupe are highly capable vehicles packed with power, safety features and cool tech that most modern drivers will enjoy. Here’s a quick overview of both of these supercars and what you can expect when you buy one or the other.
When you climb behind the wheel of either the A5 or the S5, you’ll enjoy an impressive level of power that allows you to accelerate quickly and take full advantage of the excellent driving dynamics of the vehicle. The A5 comes with a brand-new 2.0 liter engine that offers an impressive 252 HP and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. For even more power you can upgrade to the S5 coupe and enjoy a 3.0 liter turbo charged engine with 354 HP and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. The A5 accelerates from 0 to 60 in just 5.6 seconds and the S5 shaves that time down to a formidable 4.4 seconds. Both vehicles are connected to the smooth 7-speed S-Tron transmission that’s known for smooth and efficient performance.
Either vehicle is highly capable at high speeds, and that’s thinks to a couple major enhancements. The vehicles come with a 5-link suspension that’s works hand in hand with an enhanced electrical mechanical steering setup. This offers superior road handling, and the standard 4-piston fixed brake calipers up front give you the stopping power that you need to avoid sudden obstacles.
The Modern Sporty Look
Both vehicles come with a significantly modified look that’s sporty and modern all at once. The grill is both wider and flatter, helping to accent the aggressive power dome at the front of the lengthier hood. The cars come with wider wheel arches that give it a nice muscular look, helping it to stand out a bit more. Finally there is full LED headlights available up front, and every version comes with standard LED tail lights and dynamic turn signal LEDs.
Inside the car you’ll enjoy all the modern tech features that you would expect, and some that you might not have even considered. The car comes with driver assistance features, a generous touchscreen display and a useful MMI touch wheel for accessing all the available features. IF you choose to go with the optional Audi Virtual Cockpit, you’ll enjoy access to a massive touchscreen display and added tech features. Even without this feature, you’ll still enjoy built-in USB ports and support for both Apple Carplay and Android Auto and all the apps that come with those features. There’s even a projected heads up display option, that puts vital driving information right up within the driver’s view in full color, for easy viewing and enhanced safety.
If safety is important to you, you’ll be happy to hear that both models of this car are packed with top-level active safety tools and equipment. The cars come with Turn Assist, a program that lets you know when you are safe to turn. There’s also Rear Cross Traffic Assist that alerts you when changing lanes. The system has Vehicle Exit Assist, that looks out for potential cars before you climb out of your vehicle, particularly when parked on the side of the road, and there is Audi Pre Sense City, that helps warn you of obstacles out in an urban road environment.
If you would prefer to get the coupe over the sedan, you’ll enjoy the more powerful engine, as well as a few other notable enhancements as well. The vehicle comes with special carbon inlays on the interior, as well as Nappa Leather with diamond stitching accents. The coupe also has customizable interior ambient lighting, making it possible for you to set the mood.
Both of these 2018 cars from Audi are highly capable and they have a lot to offer. It’s up to you which is the right one for your needs.
The 2017 Audi A4 offers a great blend of features and looks, but one of the most exciting of them all might just be te high level of fuel efficiency that the car offers. Sure it’s not going to beat out a Prius anytime soon, but it does quite well for the powerful little luxury sedan that it is. If you’re looking for a sedan that will save you a bit of money at the pump, while still being something that you can be proud to drive around, the 2017 A4 is a good option for you to consider.
Excellent Fuel Efficiency
The A4 gets about 27 MPG in the city and 37 MPG while out on the highway. That means if you do mostly highway driving you can expect a pretty affordable driving experience overall. Even when you drive a mix of the two types you’ll get around 31 MPG combined mileage with the car. That’s exceptional for an A4 and a major improvement over the older versions of the Audi model.
Driver Assistance Features
Not only does the A4 do really well out on the highway, but it comes with some very nice driver assistance features as standard. When you pick up the 2017 A4 you’ll enjoy Virtual cockpit as well as several adaptive safety features that help make driving it safer than ever before.
Fuel Efficiency Enhancements
In order to achieve such a high level of efficiency, Audi had to make some significant enhancements to the A4. The company made use of a more efficient 2.0T TSFI engine that can deliver more power with less fuel. They also relied on a different combustion pattern to get even more out of the engine than what’s possible from the standard version on older model years of the vehicle. These two enhancements come together and offer an excellent level of efficiency for a luxury sedan.
Sure the A4 isn’t really about fuel efficiency, and it’s about luxury at an excellent value, but that efficiency only serves to make the car even more appealing. It’s something that you’ll enjoy every time that you have to refill your tank, and it’s something that you can brag about to all your buddies as well.
Have you ever wished that you could tell when a traffic light is going to turn green or red? Are you tired of guessing when you’re going to have to slam on your brakes to slow down enough for that high-speed light up ahead? Well have no fear, the technology is soon being offered to Audi owners around the country.
Only a small set of five cities are going to be offering the technology initially, which means you’ll have to have a new Audi model and live in one of the supported cities in order to predict when the lights are going to change, but that doesn’t stop it from being cool. The first cities that are going to support the technology are Washington, Washington D.C., Seattle, Nevada and Las Vegas.
How it Works
The technology taps into signals that are given off by the traffic lights themselves already. A private company is going to partner with the government to help create a message system that will link Audi vehicles up with the traffic lights throughout the five cities listed up above. When the system is turned on, every driver will have detailed information about when the lights are going to change to green or red so they can feel more at ease while driving around.
The System in Action
When the system is in use on these Audi vehicles a simple notification will pop up each time you are near one of the upcoming traffic lights. A countdown style timer will let you know when the light is going to change, and it will vanish once again after you get out of range of it. This should make it easier to drive with confidence around lights, and to stop worrying about whether or not it’s going to change as you come up on it.
With this technology active it should help vehicles predict better driving paths for more efficiency, and it could even be used to suggest vehicle speeds to help you hit every green light throughout your morning commute. Sure the tech is a long way off from that just yet, but it’s definitely a future possibility.
Bringing the Technology to All Vehicles
Though the technology is only going to available to Audi owners for the time being, it is likely to be offered to the owners of other vehicle brands in the future. Automakers are experimenting with the technology and eventually hope to tie infrastructure information into vehicle information systems so that drivers know exactly what is going on as they travel around the road.
The Audi A3 is the entry level luxury car offered that’s designed to make it more affordable for people to get into the luxury market. This little car packs an excellent level of performance under its hood, but it does more than just gives people a fast ride. The A3 also makes cutting edge technology available to more drivers thanks to all the different features that come standard, or that can be added on through additional options or trim upgrades.
No matter which version of the A3 you pickup you’ll enjoy the Virtual Cockpit media system with it’s large 12.3 inch display. You’ll also enjoy an advanced MMI touch system and a rear-view camera.
That small list of items might not sound like much when listed by name, but they offer a whole lot of functionality to drivers. The Cockpit is a massive display that offers information at a blistering 60 frames-per-second so that everything happens smoothly. This display is in rich color and can be used for navigation purposes, to adjust radio settings or for use with a bunch of additional apps. It’s simple to use thanks to the MMI touch setup and the included touch keys designed for users that aren’t too happy with relying solely on a touchscreen for navigation.
The MMI system also offers handwriting recognition, so that you can write letters instead of entering them on a keyboard. It’s now offered with a simpler button layout and is designed to be intuitive to use. Spend a little time with the system and you’ll quickly become comfortable with what it has to offer and you’ll see its true potential.
While you’ll get plenty of nice features out of the included features, there is plenty more to like when you pick a higher trim level or you opt for some of the optional features available to Audi owners. Below is a quick list of the features available that we’ll break down in detail further down the page.
- Connect Prime
- Connect Plus
- Parking System Plus
- High Beam Assistant
- Active Lane Assist
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Audi Side Assist
Connect Prime – No matter which trim level of the Audi you decide on Connect Prime is an optional add-on. It gives you a bunch of added navigation features on top of standard Google Earth. The system also offers you myAudi destinations, Audi Semi-dynamic route guidance and the Inrix XD traffic and information system. Together all these features will help you figure out where to go no matter where you are and what you are looking for.
Connect Plus – This optional service can be added to any version of the A3. It’s for owners that like to stay connected while on the move. It creates an LTE 4G hotspot for up to eight devices right in the cabin of the vehicle.
Parking system plus – This system is standard on Premium Plus and Prestige models. I helps simplify the parking process, especially when in tight spots. The system has a series of sensors that let you know exactly how much distance is available on all sides of your vehicle. It makes parking much more intuitive.
High Beam Assistant – Standard on the Prestige models, this feature seamlessly changes from high to low beams with traffic patterns so you don’t have to manage it yourself.
Active Lane Assist – This system is standard on Prestige models and issues a vibrating warning when you travel out of your lane without signaling.
Adaptive Cruise – Adaptive Cruise is standard on Prestige models and helps the vehicle remain in cruise control even when slow cars are ahead, it slows down automatically until the cars speed up or get out of the way, at which point the set speed is reached once again.
Audi Side Assist – Standard on Prestige models and available on Premium Plus models, this feature checks blind spots and uses LED indicators to let you know when they’re safe.
The Audi A3, S3 and A3 Cabriolet models all come with a whole bunch of tech features, but deciding to opt for the Premium Plus or Prestige models offers you even more excellent features that make owning the luxury sedan even more worthwhile.
Audi brought the latest R8 Spyder with it to the 2016 NY Auto Show and it’s a thing of beauty. This sleek vehicle is equipped with a monstrous level of power and it’s custom engineered for top driving dynamics in a lightweight body shell. Couple that with the attractive top-down look of the vehicle and you have a potent combination that’s fit for the top-end of Audi’s offerings.
High Speed Performance
Getting up to speed couldn’t be more exciting or simpler than behind the wheel of the 2017 Audi R8 Spyder thanks to the monster V10 540 HP engine under the hood. Climbing from 0 to 62 takes just 3.6 seconds and the car tops out at 197 mph giving it plenty of power for lots of straight away track fun. At just 3,553.9 lbs, the R8 Spyder shouldn’t have any trouble getting up to speed under any driving circumstances that I can think of.
The latest R8 will come equipped with the Audi Virtual Cockpit with a 12.3 inch display and a set of immersive 3D graphics. The system switches between special views to provide the driver with the most useful information, and offers all controls through push-buttons for easier operation when using the touchscreen doesn’t make sense to do.
The 2017 Audi R8 Spyder is designed to drive with precision like all top-tier Audi products and it comes equipped with the 7-speed S-tronic dual clutch transmission to do it with. This clutch shifts to just the right gear to pull out as much power as possible from the massive V10 riding under the hood. If it operates anything like the S-Tronic in outgoing models it will shift with lightning-fast precision throughout the gear range without any noticeable hiccups.
Looking up to the Sky
One of the biggest draws of the R8 Spyder is the ability to remove the roof and look up to the sky. In the latest model drivers will be able to do so at up to 31 MPH and it will do so automatically with the press of a button. The total process takes approximately 20 seconds to complete, which isn’t too shabby considering it’s a hands-free process.
The new Audi R8 Spyder has to be one of the most attractive and powerful convertibles on the market today. It’s something for driving enthusiasts around the country, but it isn’t likely to be offered in the more powerful V10 Plus version like the coupe, which could be a potential downfall to some drivers.
Audi has long been at the head of bringing technology into vehicles, specifically technology around Internet connectivity. The first automaker to bring cellular data into a vehicle natively, Audi is also one of the pioneers on other mobile technologies and some of the latest features on the market today. Cars offered by the company feel very modern and are some of the most exciting to drive, and that’s because the automaker works hard to remain on the cutting edge of technology.
An Early Start
Audi was the first automaker to bring WiFi into a vehicle and it should come as no surprise that the automaker is still leading the way. The automaker set up the framework for cellular data connections built right inot a vehicle and even came up with the business model that made it possible for such a thing to exist.
Enhancing Vehicles Today
Audi has a number of projects running to create enhanced multimedia systems for its drivers and passengers. The cars will support Apple Car Play and Android Auto in the future making it easier for more devices to be used in the vehicles. It will also provide enhanced support and offer more features to accessories like tablets and watches in the future. Audi was also one of the automakers that acquired Nokia Maps and it’s interesting to see how the company is going to take that mapping technology and incorporate it into its vehicles. Google Maps are a strong service that’s already available in many vehicles, but Nokia Maps could offer other features that the Google Map suite simply isn’t providing, or it could give Audi its own proprietary solution for owners.
One of the major goals that Audi has for its vehicles is making them upgradeable later on. That would mean that as new infotainment units come out for new vehicles, they could also be added to an older model to offer the same features. That’s an exciting prospect and would address one of the most difficult problems of today. The tech in vehicles is outdated fast and it’s sucks to have to scrap an entire vehicle just to get a more modern media system. By creating a modular system for car computers, Audi would enable its vehicles to stay on the road longer while still keeping drivers up to date with technology.
Audi clearly values technology and is working to offer some of the most exciting features in the world to its drivers of tomorrow. That being said, the company knows how important it is for different automakers to be on the same page. That’s why it’s beginning to adopt open standards like Android Auto that are already in use on other vehicles. Becoming more unified will help improve auto technology for everyone.
If you’re lucky enough to climb behind the wheel of the 2017 Audi Q7 you’ll have a hard time believing that you’re sitting in a crossover large enough ot seat 7. It feels slim, trim and handles like a high-performance car. Not only does the Q7 drive exceptionally well, but it comes with the space and the versatility to work in most driving situations. Taking a road trip through the mountains, the four wheel drive will handle it. Travelling across country to meet relatives, the vehicle is remarkably fuel efficient and spacious for its performance level. Going to the track to take on your buddies, well it’s powerful enough to keep you from completely embarrassing yourself.
The Little Engine that Could
Audi amps up the power in the 3-liter V6 in the Q7 by adding a supercharger, the result is 333 HP and 325 lb.-ft. of torque to get that 5,000 lb. body moving. It still feels a bit weighty around some corners, but for the most part you’ll forget you’re driving a crossover at all. It’s quick to speed up and feels very light on its feet up in the mid ranges as well. The 2017 Audi Q7 gets 19 MPG in the city and 26 on the highway, which is pretty darned good for a performance crossover.
More Interior Space
Even though the Q7 isn’t really any bigger on the outside, there is more room within for people to sit comfortably. Audi managed this feat by putting cutouts in the door panels and backs of the seats to create a bit more space overall.
Children Fit in the Back
The Q7 is large enough to fit up to seven passengers but I wouldn’t stuff full-sized adults in the rear bench seats. Those should be occupied by smaller children. The seats are large enough to hold a car seat though which is a plus for parents looking for space for new children. Adults would be pretty cramped at the rear of the vehicle because legroom is quite limited at the rear. Audi has worked to bump up the rear space by adding a bit more headroom thanks to a more compact rear suspension and a lower floor, but there still isn’t enough space for full-sized adults to sit with any kind of extended comfort.
Trimmer than Ever
The latest Q7 is lighter and feels more powerful than ever before thanks to some simple changes. It’s 500 lbs lighter than before through the use of aluminum body panels and a more lightweight suspension system.
Excellent Safety Features
The latest Audi Q7 is packed with safety features that make it one of the safest vehicles to travel around in for you and the people around you. It comes with a pedestrian system that helps slow the vehicle down when it notices pedestrians in front of you. IT has a cross-traffic system that relies on two radar scanners to inform you when drivers are in your blind spot. The collision avoidance system keeps track of the lane you are in and helps you avoid accidentally drifting into oncoming traffic. It will redirect the vehicle and warn you when you begin to drift to keep you where you need to go. There is also the Presense Plus system that can stop the Q7 at speeds of up to 137 MPH to keep you from getting into an accident. It’s an effective way to keep you from rear-ending other vehicles or to help you avoid running into stationary objects. Overall there is plenty of tech in the new Q7 to keep the SUV from running into vehicles, people and other objects out there on the road.
The 2017 Q7 is a blast to drive, it’s lightweight and feels smaller than it really is. IT comes with enough space for a full family and comes packed with the safety features to keep them all safe as well. It’s not a cheap vehicle, but it’s a good value and would make a good addition to any family’s garage when searching for a quality ride.