2019 Audi e-tron reservations open to U.S. customers on September 17th

You won’t have to wonder any longer when Audi will be taking reservations in the US for their new all-electric e-tron SUV, as that date has been set for September 17th, 2018. All you’ll need to do is head over to and plop down a refundable $1,000 deposit to secure your place in line.

Audi already has a line of e-tron badged hybrid vehicles, but this will be their first ‘all-electric’ vehicle and it will be coming in an SUV format. The new e-tron will be making its global debut in San Francisco, the same day reservations open and it is expected to go on sale in the first part of 2019.

Purportedly equipped with a 95 kWh battery pack, two electric motors bringing 320 kW of total output and 150 kW fast charging and a range of 250 miles.

Hopefully we will have all the remaining details in just a few more weeks.

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Audi plans a complete infusion of AI into their autonomous vehicles

With Audi’s AIcon and ElAIne, Level 4 autonomy will be achieved while providing personal service type features to their occupants. For those who don’t know the difference between Level 1 and Level 5 Automated driving, this scale was developed by the American standardization organization SAE.

  • Level 1 – Driver Assistance: The system is able to take over either continual longitudinal or the lateral control of the vehicle. It supports the driver, who remains responsible, however, and must be ready to assume control immediately, if necessary. An example of a level 1 system of this type at Audi is the adaptive cruise control (ACC) system.
  • Level 2 – Partial Automation: In certain situations, the driver can delegate continuous, combined longitudinal and lateral control of the vehicle to the system, but must monitor the system at all times and assume control as needed. The driver therefore always maintains responsibility. An example is the traffic jam assist from Audi: it assumes the tasks of braking and accelerating the car in slow-moving traffic up to 65 km/h (40.4 mph), and also takes charge of steering on better roads.
  • Level 3 – Conditional Automation: The driver no longer has to continuously monitor and can carry out other activities supported by on-board equipment. The system autonomously recognizes the limit – that is, the point at which the ambient conditions no longer match the range of functions of the system. In these cases, the vehicle prompts the driver to take over the task of driving the vehicle, with several seconds advance warning. The traffic jam pilot in the new Audi A8 will satisfy these criteria.
  • Level 4 – High Automation: Systems with level 4 function do not require any assistance on the part of the driver, but their function is limited to a specific area – such as on highways or in a parking garage. In these places, the driver can completely transfer the task of driving to the system. The driver only needs to resume the task when the car leaves the area defined for highly automated driving. If the driver does not react, the system assumes a safe position, e.g. pulls onto the shoulder and stops there. Robot taxis in city centers are another example of such a system. They take over the complete task of driving within a restricted speed range and on a limited route.
  • Level 5 – Full Automation: The automobile assumes complete longitudinal and lateral control. Level 5 systems do not need help from the driver in any situation. Control elements like the steering wheel or pedals are not necessary here.
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Audi e-tron quattro electric SUV spied tow testing

Audi’s e-tron quattro electric SUV was spotted towing a trailer, providing a peak at what may be arriving in 2019. Reportedly producing a 310 mile range out of a 95 kWh battery pack and is set to compete with the Tesla Model X. Audi intends to release two other EVs by 2020 and “will gradually electrify models in each of its core series”.

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