According tomedia reports, the modern car’s wiring can add up to miles, by connecting to a series of electronic control units that can basically tell the car when to do what. This complex dance represents the increasing complexity of the interactions between systems, which means that in some cases the car may receive mixed messages. Audi believes its future car dynamic processors can solve this problem.
Audi’s systems already have some synergies through its Electronic Chassis Platform. The platform integrates inputs from components such as the main shake rod, predictive suspension and full wheel steering to improve the handling of the car. This way, when the car enters a faster bend, the scroll bar can help to increase the turning speed on one side. It can also be used for safety purposes, for example, instantly lifting the left or right half of the car suspension to cope with impact and ensure that the impact force is transmitted through appropriate reinforcement components.
The carmaker hopes to further the technology in the future by connecting more mechanical systems with a single central processor. Although the processor does not yet have a gorgeous name, there is no doubt that it will eventually be adopted. Audi estimates that the system will run 10 times faster than the current ECP and will expand its coverage to 90 different car parts — a lot better than the current 20.
In addition, there is a key technology that will be incorporated into Audi’s new processor unit: electrification. The automotive power processors of the future will be able to integrate more different power systems, whether it’s a conventional internal combustion engine, a pure electric vehicle or a mixture of both. It will also design to work with the front, rear or full drive.
Audi’s E-Tron electric SUV already has this, running a complex array of electric and hydraulic systems to further smooth the transition from regenerative to mechanical braking. Its integrated brake controller can receive data from other parts of the car, such as an in-vehicle communication system or car navigation system, to handle the vehicle’s driving position and provide tips on when to release the throttle to increase the overall mileage.
“Imagine this car going into a corner,” Dr. Klaus Diepold, Audi’s suspension systems and dynamics engineer, explained in a press release. So far, this maneuver has initially been handled by the steering system’s control unit. At the same time, the control unit of the advanced driver assistance system , such as the lane departure warning , will issue a steering correction command. In the future, the expectations of both systems, in other words, steering and advanced driver assistance systems are centrally received by vehicle dynamics computers. The computer matches both types of information centrally and then converts it into a change of direction. “
While Audi did not specify which car would be the first to carry the technology, it is understood that the technology will first appear in one of the company’s two large and medium-sized car chassis, which makes perfect sense, as the new technology usually appears in more expensive models.