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Audi’s vehicle dynamics processor: One computer to rule them all

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Audi thinks it has a solution to that with its future vehicle dynamics processor.

Audi already has some synergy across its various systems by way of its Electronic Chassis Platform, which takes inputs from components like active roll bars, predictive suspension and all-wheel steering and processes them together to improve the car‘s handling.

That way, when a car digs into a faster corner, the roll bars can help lift one side to improve cornering speeds.

The automaker wants to take this one step further in the future, linking even more mechanical systems together by way of a single centralized processor, which currently lacks a flashy name but will undoubtedly pick one up eventually.

Audi estimates that this system will operate 10 times faster than the current ECP, and it will expand its reach to cover up to 90 different parts of the car, an improvement over today’s 20.

The future vehicle dynamics processor will be capable of integrating more diverse powertrains, whether it’s a traditional internal combustion engine, a pure EV or any mixture of the two.

Its integrated brake controller can receive data from other parts of the car, like its vehicle-to-x communications system or its onboard navigation, to process where the vehicle is driving and offer tips on when to let off the accelerator to improve overall range.

Klaus Diepold, a suspension and dynamics engineer at Audi, explains it pretty well in the automaker‘s press release: ‘Imagine that the car is supposed to enter a corner.

At the same time, the control units of advanced driver assistance systems – such as lane departure warning – would issue a steering correction command.

In the future, the wishes of both of these systems, in other words the steering and the advanced driver assistance systems, are centrally received by the vehicle dynamics computer.

It should help make these vehicles safer, too, as the more communication is allowed between various parts of the car.


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