The Audi A8 L features not only a wide range of technical innovations, but also something very special: a kind of seventh sense – or Audi pre sense. Driving situations are categorised by the various different systems in the vehicle, if necessary triggering off preventive protection measures for the occupants or action to mitigate the consequences of collisions.
The front and rear are equipped with radar sensors (depending on specification) that scan the area in front of and behind your Audi A8 L. A video camera also monitors the road ahead. It is located near the interior mirror, the highest possible point in the car, and captures 25 images per second in a hitherto unprecedented resolution for the automotive industry. The EPS control unit also supplies further information. Audi pre sense uses this range of sources to form a highly realistic impression of the surroundings.
Audi pre sense basic comprises various preventive occupant protection systems that are activated if a critical driving situation happens to arise. They comprise the following: tensioning the front seat belts, closing the sunroof, closing the windows.
With Audi pre sense front, the radar sensors for the optional Audi adaptive cruise control with stop & go function in addition monitor the traffic in front. In critical situations, the inclusive Audi braking guard warns the driver, increases the braking force if necessary, and in extreme cases the preventive protective systems are activated.
Audi pre sense rear scans the traffic behind the car with the aid of the rear sensors for the optional Audi side assist; in addition to the actions prompted by Audi pre sense basic, it moves the optional seats with memory function into the safest position for a rear-end collision. If fitted, the pneumatic seat side sections are inflated to provide more support for the occupants.
Audi pre sense plus is included when the options Audi adaptive cruise control with stop & go function and Audi side assist are ordered. Over and above the Audi pre sense front functions, Audi pre sense plus activates Audi braking guard in certain situations where a collision is unavoidable; it then prompts hard braking in order to reduce the impact of the collision as far as possible.