It can’t yet display the Case label, the acronym that sums up the characteristics of the car of the future, but the second generation of the Audi Q3 has taken many steps towards the finish line. It’s not electric or shared, but it’s cutting-edge in connectivity, and in many ways it’s close to the requirements of independent driving.
Let’s go in order. To stay in touch with the outside world Audi Connect uses high speed data transfer (standard Lte Advanced) accessible via the Sim card integrated in the car, while the cockpit turns into a wi-fi hotspot that can also support the 5 Ghz band. And the collective intelligence of the four-ring fleet provides Car-to-X services that allow the Audi to communicate with each other, for example by sharing information about parking lots rather than potential dangers such as fog or ice on the road surface. With regard to data transmission, the customer has the option of activating the packages of interest directly from the car.
The new Q3 is at the top of its category in terms of driver assistance. The adaptive system, which is available on vehicles with a 7-speed S-trunic gearbox, integrates devices such as the speed assistant, the traffic assistant and the lane maintenance assistant. An interesting “appetizer” for independent (or almost independent) driving, such as the parking assistant who carries out the entry and exit manoeuvres independently, also using the rear transverse traffic assistant who, in the event of reversing, monitors the situation with two radar sensors to indicate the presence of vehicles approaching.
There are also four perimeter cameras with different display modes, including that of the wheels in detail, very useful to approach with precision at the edge of the road without damaging the precious – and expensive – alloy wheels. All the main technologies belonging to the Adas world (Advanced driver assistance system) are grouped in a “service package” that includes, in addition to the aforementioned adaptive system, also the recognition of the signs by camera, the automatic adjustment of the headlamps and the emergency assistance that, in the event of failure to react to a potential dangerous situation by the driver, launches audible and visual alarms before intervening “personally”, automatically slowing down the car until it comes to a complete stop.