Audi high-resolution navigation.

Audi is developing a new high-resolution maps together with its numerous technical partners. These maps, significantly more accurate than previous systems, will unlock new and useful features in future Audi automobiles.

An example of the potential of this data is the predictive efficiency assistant, which will debut in the new Audi Q7. It uses information about the topography to get the Q7 to its destination with greater efficiency and convenience.

High-resolution maps will also play a key role in piloted driving.

“The importance of high-resolution, three-dimensional maps will continue to grow in the future,” explained Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi Head of Development. He refers to piloted driving as a typical application: “Here we primarily use the data in situations in which a precise prediction is crucial – data on expressway interchanges, road splits and entrance and exit ramps.”

Audi is working on the navigation map of the future with strategic partners such as Dutch map and navigation supplier TomTom – utilizing various technology platforms in the process. The next generation of the Audi A8 will be a front-runner in piloted driving technology and the use of high-resolution maps.

Today, Audi customers can already realize significant benefits from precise map materials. The predictive efficiency assistant in the new Q7 already uses highly precise route data that includes information on elevation profiles – it works with this data even while the driver is not actively using navigation. If desired, the system can also be used to help economize on fuel. It offers practical fuel-saving tips to drivers in situations in which reducing speed makes sense.

The predictive efficiency assistant recognizes curves, roundabouts and intersections, descents and ascents, as well as municipality border signs and speed limit signs – often before the driver even sees them. Drivers who fully utilize these features can further reduce fuel consumption.