AD #2136 – U of M To Test Autonomous Shuttles, Audi A8 Active Suspension Details, Tesla to Build Cars in China

June 22nd, 2017 at 11:57am

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- Audi A8 Active Suspension Details
- Tesla to Build Cars in China
- Upcoming Nissan Production Plans
- U of M To Test Autonomous Shuttles
- You Said It!

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11 Comments to “AD #2136 – U of M To Test Autonomous Shuttles, Audi A8 Active Suspension Details, Tesla to Build Cars in China”

  1. Marshall Says:

    Let’s hope the students at U of M are smart enough to avoid being test subjects in the autonomous vehicles.

  2. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I see why Audi is putting that suspension on their A8; that looks to be very complex and very expensive. I don’t see that suspension migrating to lesser vehicles in the near future (if ever).

    Seems if China is so Gung-Ho on electrifying the country’s auto industry it would reduce or eliminate the import tax on “electrics”. Their goal is very high, so at very least, they should relax requirements (for import).

  3. G.A.Branigan Says:

    China’s goal to electrify the vehicles is good.Now,will they charge all those vehicles using coal fired power plants? If so,it seems that it will be self defeating.

  4. Bob White Says:

    Americans don’t care where their products come from, until they’re in unemployment lines.

    Other countries such as Korea and Japan certainly do.

  5. MJB Says:

    Audi’s intuitive side-collision detection system seems great and all (by raising the height of the impact side in order that the beefiest structural components take the impact). However, won’t that very action make it just that much easier for the vehicle to get rolled in the collision?

  6. Lisk Says:

    Interesting to see that active suspensions are back in play. Being electric, would the motors have enough force to do much more than lift the wheel over a bump? The Active suspensions used in the 90′s F1 cars used hydraulics to control the movement of the suspension doing the same job but with thousands of pounds of downforce. 1/2 a second to move the body three inches seems like an eternity in a side impact. Wouldn’t most of the energy been absorbed by then?

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The A8 sounds impressive, but I don’t think I’d want to buy a used one when it’s 20 years old. Maybe there will be leaf spring conversion kis for the suspension.

  8. pedro fernandez Says:

    What a sigh of relief, when I first read the the U of M was going for autonomous shuttles I though you meant Miami, I was ready to avoid driving in that area, then I read that Michigan is the unfortunate victim in this.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #3 Yep, China uses a lot of coal. About 55% of their electricity comes from coal, though they are rapidly increasing use of wind and solar. Also, I read that they plan to double their nuclear power capacity every 10 years for a few decades.

    I suspect a lot of the impetus for EV’s is to relocate smog and health issue causing pollution away from the cities.

  10. Terry Says:

    To clarify, you said that the A8 active suspension raises the side of the car 3 inches within half a second, “if it detects a side impact.” If it were actually after a side impact was detected, a half second would be way too long. But the Audi article actually says is “In the event of an imminent side impact,” which suggests they are anticipating an impact, perhaps with a radar sensor, before the impact has occurred, which give it enough time (1/2 second) to raise the car before impact.

  11. Brett Says:

    I recall that, once upon a time, the cry of “Get a horse!” was considered the height of wit. :)