Audi's next-gen e-tron tech aims to save school children's lives
It will be fitted to the e-tron to make drivers more aware of their surroundings
Audi's incredibly advanced next-generation technology known as C-V2X (cellular vehicle-to-everything communication technology) has helped to keep roads safe for months now.
Some of its uses include predicting when traffic lights will turn green and it also warns drivers when to slow down for active construction zones, but now they want to advance it even further in order to help keep school children safer.
Audi has teamed up with Applied Information and Temple Inc. and school bus manufacturer Blue Bird Corporation in order to develop C-V2X technologies even further so that it can communicate with cars around school buses in active school zones.
This tech works by using the car's digital instrument clusters and audio alerts to warn the driver when they are approaching an active school safety zone or are driving over the speed limit when children are around the vehicle.
It will also warn drivers when they are approaching a stationary school bus to avoid any incidents. It can also adapt the speed limit if, for example, school times change or early dismissals take place due to bad weather conditions.
This new and improved C-V2X technology will initially be tested in Fulton County School District in Georgia later this year using a Blue Bird propane-powered school bus and a 2021 Audi e-tron Sportback.
Developing this techology is more important now than ever as car and pedestrian accidents during schooltime account for around 25,000 injuries every single year. Audi hopes this technology will help prevent accidents in school zones and when children are picked up or dropped off at a bus stop.
Pom Malhotra, senior director of Connected Services at Audi of America said: "It is with huge passion that we hope to use C-V2X technologies to help improve the safety of school zones for our children.
"With our partners, we aim to leverage C-V2X technologies to find viable applications and business models to fast-forward innovative technologies in Audi vehicles in the very near future and benefit all road users - especially those most vulnerable: school children," he added.