Piloted driving at CES Asia.
A group of journalists from around the world got to experience “piloted driving” in an Audi A7 on the streets of Shanghai as the first Consumer Electronics Show in Asia kicked off a couple of weeks ago. The keynote address by Audi and the exhibition booth for the premium brand focused on the connected car of the future, with infotainment services, new control and display concepts, and innovative new light features.

In the field of pi­loted (or autonomous) dri­ving, Audi is at the fore­front of progress in the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try – over the next few years the brand will be in­tro­duc­ing its new tech­nolo­gies, step by step, into pro­duc­tion. At CES Asia, the com­pany demonstrated the high ma­tu­rity level of its technology with a pro­to­type – an A7 Sport­back that drove itself along a roughly 15-kilo­me­ter route through Shang­hai.

Piloted driving at CES Asia.

In addition to the piloted A7, Audi con­nect was the cen­ter­piece of Audi’s presentation. It gives cars with LTE the fastest In­ter­net con­nec­tion cur­rently avail­able; Audi is work­ing with with Chinese company Huawei to de­velop an LTE mod­ule specif­i­cally for the Asian mar­ket. Pas­sen­gers can con­nect their mo­bile de­vices to a wireless hotspot.

An­other in­no­va­tion is the Audi tablet, which is cel­e­brat­ing its pre­miere in the new Q7 and which was de­vel­oped es­pe­cially for use in cars. It con­nects with the MMI nav­i­ga­tion plus via Wi-Fi and can also be used out­side of the car. An­other high­light is a new type of ges­ture con­trol for the Audi tablet – in the fu­ture it will let pas­sen­gers sit back com­fort­ably while op­er­at­ing the de­vice.

Piloted driving at CES Asia.

CES Asia is a massive elec­tron­ics ex­hi­bi­tion is or­ga­nized by the Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics As­so­ci­a­tion, which also hosts the an­nual CES in Las Ve­gas. Audi has es­tab­lished it­self since 2010 as one of the world’s ma­jor ex­hibitors from the au­to­mo­tive seg­ment, and has opened the show sev­eral times with the tra­di­tional keynote ad­dress.

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