Audi’s all-electric Q4 e-tron crossover will have a dynamic AR windshield display – TechCrunch

With a more spacious cockpit, more storage and some upgraded cup holders, Audi packs in some serious new technology in its upcoming all-electric Q4 E-Tron compact crossover, including a Augmented Reality Head-Up Display (HUD) which is reactive enough to accurately cling to a driver’s actual environment.

Audi revealed the interior of the Q4 e-tron on Tuesday Fifth electric vehicle in its lineup And part of the German automaker’s plan to launch more than 30 EVs and plug-in hybrids by 2025. The Q4 e-tron is expected for some time; It first appeared as a concept at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show.

The exterior of the production version of the Q4 is still camouflage, but we know its dimensions. Takeaway: An electric vehicle that fits into the larger compact SUV segment with a 9.1-inch short overhang and wheelbase – a combination that gives it a luxurious look. However, that allows for an interior 6 feet in length, like the space found in a large full-size square SUV.

The vehicle’s underlying architecture is based on its parent company VW’s modular electric drive toolkit chassis or MEB platform. This flexible modular system, first introduced by VW in 2016, was developed to make it more efficient and cost-effective to produce a wide variety of EVs. This has given designers more room to play with thanks to the flat floor. And they took advantage of that space, popping in a center console with two cup holders, a 4.4-liter stodge compartment with a cover, two (or four) USB-C sockets as an option, and an Audi phone box (which is wireless Charges) boosts your phone’s signal) upon request.

head up display. Image Credit: Audi

There is real story technology here – and most notably an option to add AR-capable windshields. The AR windshield offers a wider windshield HUD versus visual and more precise and dynamic animations. The Q4 e-tron will break down the important displayed information through two sections: one for position and one for AR. The former, visible about 3 meters ahead of the driver, will display driving speed, traffic signs, auxiliary systems and navigation symbols as a static display.

With the AR section, the driver will feel the floating symbols at a distance of about 10 meters. It will display information such as lane departure warning that superimposes a red line on real-life lane marking and creates a colored stripe on active car driving when exposed to adaptive cruise control.

“Head-up displays are not new,” Audi explains. “It takes the field of vision forward so it enables more active use.”

AR will also display navigation information. Audi calls the Turning Arrow a “drone”, perhaps because the Arrow flies forward while driving straight and then disappears, reappearing before the action at the next point. When the driver approaches an intersection, the drone announces the turn before driving the driver on the road with accuracy.

head up display. Image Credit: Audi

On the software side of things, the Q4 e-tron’s processing unit, called the AR Creator, features raw data from the car’s front camera, radar sensors, and GPS navigation to present and customize display symbols at a rate of 60 frames per second. Picks up to do. For the surrounding environment. The quality of these displays is shown through slightly advanced fumes and mirrors, which Audi EV calls the “Picture Generation Unit (PGU)” – basically, a lot of mirrors – clearly given how well in real life Work will be the key. With only simulations to show at present, it is unclear how well Audi will pull it off. A wider frame with dynamic symbols must fulfill its promise to show “clearly similar to its real-life environment” otherwise they will become a hindrance to the driver, and if they do not draw the depth effect properly, They may even cause driver trouble.

The Q4 e-tron also has updated Natural Language Voice Control, activated by saying “Hey Audi”. The new car will also dig physical buttons on the steering wheel in favor of touch-sensitive people. But with a haptic feedback loop, it still feels somewhat like you’re pushing a button.

About 3% of the company’s sales in 2020Or 47,000 vehicles, were the electric e-tron SUV and e-tron Sportback, a number that will certainly increase as the company continues to roll out luxury EVs.