The stunning Prologue concept will influence the interior cabins of future Audi models which will be significantly different than today’s cars. In an interview with Automobile Magazine, Audi Technical Development director Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg said future models wearing the four ring logo will come with less conventional physical controls like buttons and switches as eventually all cars will feature touchscreens.
The trend to lower the implementation of buttons & knobs started a few years ago and is mostly noticeable inside the cabin of the third generation TT which features a digital instrument cluster incorporating the MMI functions. Hackenberg specified it won’t be carried over across the entire range as he hinted crossovers and sedans will still benefit from a separate instrument cluster and infotainment system.
In the same interview, Hackenberg said they are making progresses as far as the autonomous driving technology is concerned but he did acknowledge that in case of a problem with it, the driver will need as much as ten seconds to regain manual control of the car. Needless to say, this is being viewed like a major potential problem taking into consideration that in this ten second interval a lot could happen, especially when the car is travelling at higher speeds.
Future Audi models which will benefit from autonomous driving technology will boast two computers monitoring the on-board sensors and predicting what is about to happen. If these two computers don’t “agree”, the driver will then be asked to take manual control of the vehicle.