SHANGHAI – Audi has unveiled its self-driving new electric supercar the R8 e-tron at the Consumer Electronics Show in Shanghai.
The vehicle uses laser scanners, video cameras, ultrasonic sensors and radar to build up a detailed picture of its surroundings allowing navigating through the traffic.
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Data gathered from the scanners and sensors around the vehicle are sent to a central ‘driver assistance control unit known as zFAS.
The company claims that the vehicle has two battery-powered motors that deliver 456 horse powers, allowing it to travel from 0 to 62mph (0 to 100km/h) in just 3.9 seconds.
The battery itself is based on new lithium-ion technology that has been specifically designed for the car.
The name, shape and colour of the R8 e-tron were inspired 1982 science fiction film Tron, by Steven Lisberger.