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Audi Prologue piloted driving concept debuts at CES

The Audi Prologue piloted driving concept has made its world premiere this week at 2015 CES. Needless to say, it’s basically a revised variant of the original Prologue concept and comes with an autonomous driving system featuring a few video cameras, a laser scanner, ultrasound sensors, radar sensors – all of which have been mounted out of the driver’s sight. The information captured by the sensors and cameras is sent to a central controller called zFAS – zentrales Fahrerassistenzsteuergerät that allows the vehicle to drive itself.

Its heart and soul is a hybrid powertrain that uses a TFSI V8 4.0-liter twin-turbo engine working together with an 8-speed e-tiptronic gearbox that has a built-in electric motor. The Audi Prologue piloted driving concept also has a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 2.6 kWh while the combined output stands at an impressive 677 HP (505 kW) and 950 Nm (701 lb-ft).

According to Audi, the vehicle needs only three and a half seconds to complete the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint and has a fuel consumption of just 7.9 liters / 100 km (35.7 mpg UK or 29.8 mpg US), with corresponding CO2 emissions standing at 185 g/km.

Adrian Padeanu

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