Audi has revealed a new, super slick electronic super car that can drive itself.
The R8 e-tron has been designed to showcase technology for Audi’s future, including a special lightweight design and systems that allow it to drive like a high-performance car despite only being powered by batteries. And now the company has added self-driving capabilities that use a range of sensors to drive safely and more efficiently.
The concept car was shown off at CES Asia, where the company revealed that it go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds, and can reach a top speed of 250 km/h. It does so using a special T-shaped battery and a light frame that is built to absorb collisions.
The Audi R8 e-tron, the all-electric supercar that we’ve been dubbing as Iron Man’s car since its announcement back in March, is hankering for some extra attention. At CES Asia 2015, it was unveiled on stage at Audi’s pre-show keynote in its driverless form.
Ok, so Audi coyly calls it the “piloted driving” model, but “driverless” cars at any phase of testing on public roads has to have a human behind the wheel to be legal (for the time being). But that doesn’t stop this R8 from going all Knightrider.
Far from donning a retro Hasselhoff perm, though, the R8 e-tron is a mighty fine supercar from top to tip. We’ve known that since the range launched, but the e-tron, here finished in blue with illuminated orange side panels and carbon fibre sections, is a stunning marriage of materials and design.