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.
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.