The A8 makes everyday life much easier, then, but it’s also engineered to keep you safe should the very worst happen. Those sensors that enable autonomous driving also provide early warning for collisions, and the pre sense 360 system works in combination with the active suspension to protect occupants. For example, if the A8 detects a side collision is imminent, the suspension raises by up to 80mm to ensure the impact occurs with the stiffest, safest part of the body structure. It also raises the windows and returns the electric seats to an upright position to allow occupants to leave the vehicle as quickly as possible.
Fortunately, our trip to Valencia doesn’t serve up any need to call upon pre sense 360’s instant reactions. In fact, the hours slip by quickly as we bask in the park’s spectacular, utopic architecture and design. As the sun lowers in the sky and illuminates the horizon with an orange glow, it is time to leave and begin the journey home. This gives us plenty of time to muse about what the potential developments in design, technology and automation could one day offer the human race. In the case of the A8, its obvious that autonomy can improve the driving experience and deliver a luxurious, agile and beguiling experience which is entirely in a world of its own. Words by Katie Johnstone.
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