Audi A8 Lifts Itself Up In Case Of Side Impact To Protect You

Modern luxury cars come loaded with so many technologies that it’s hard to keep track of everything going on behind the skin and beautifully-trimmed interiors. The current Audi A8 is a perfect example.

Audi introduced its latest flagship in mid-2017 and has fitted it with an advanced pre-collision system whose function is to offer increased protection to occupants in the event of a side collision.

The following clips show how the vehicle’s suspension automatically lifts up one side of the sedan when it detects an object that’s about to hit one of the doors.

This piece of technology is called Pre Sense Side. It is one of the car’s most advanced safety systems and lifts the car by a full 8 cm to transfer collision forces to the lowest, and strongest, part of the vehicle’s crash structure.

There are a host of other cool safety features found in the new A8. For example, the car comes complete with a Rim Protection system that warns drivers if they are about to curb the wheels of their executive saloon; and then there’s the Remote Garage Pilot, which allows owners to use a smartphone application to remotely maneuver the car into a parking space.

What is perhaps most exciting about all those systems is that most (if not all) of them will eventually trickle down to lesser, and more affordable, models, thus offering increased safety to a much larger number of customers.


  • Julien Lachemoi

    Interesting, I would have thought the car needed to compensate the other way and sit on its right side for a right impact.

    • Matt

      Well the lower sill is the strongest part of the structure, so the car raises so that the sill takes the initial impact.

      • salamOOn

        but at the same time it also raise the center of gravity of the car….

        • Matt

          Not by enough to make a difference to the stability of the car though.

      • Julien Lachemoi

        Ah yes it makes sense indeed.

      • Jay

        I think it puts it in a vulnerable position to roll over depending on the speed of the other car. Still pretty cool.

  • benT


  • Wow

  • R55

    What if a biker is out of control, slides over and the Audi lifts itself. Wont the Audi then crush the bike/driver potentially?

    • exeptor

      If there is no sensors in the bottom of the car to indicate that there is something beneath it is probable. 8 centimeters are not a small lift and could be the difference between you head goes under or stay outside. In fact this (if not considered) might be a nightmarish scenario – you just survive a bad hit and then 2+ ton car slowly drops itself on you.


    one more bored audi

    • Giannis Antypas

      You are only a hater of German cars.
      Go back to yout italian trash.

  • Howfarr

    Just looks like the car is flinching.
    Audi Flinch Assist (Trademark)

    • Ben

      Hahahaha! Excellent!

  • Ishliss

    Seems like a good way for the Audi to experience a roll over.

  • europeon

    You wrote an article about this when the car was launched more than two years ago…

    • Carenthusiast

      That’s exactly what I was thinking…. Why this article suddenly appears after 2years?

  • TB

    But wouldn’t that help the car rollover? How exactly does lifting the car up protect you? Your still getting hit.

    • brn

      Greater strength in the lower part of the car.

      The increased potential for rollover is what first hit me too. Seems like an odd trade off.

      • TB

        True…unless there is enough weight in that lower part of the car that would offset any kind of rollover. Who knows. I guess we’ll learn more about that should those types of accidents happen to this ride.

  • CJKnox

    “Audi A8 Lifts Itself Up In Case Of Side Impact To Protect You”

    Thanks for taking one for the team A8.


  • Tom

    Why is this being posted again? It was posted when the car was released 2 years ago. Talk about lazy journalism.

  • Robert

    So basically this technology is a ‘would you rather be spun out – or land on your roof?’

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