r/interestingasfuck Aug 13 '22

The 2018 Audi A8 can react to a potential side collision by lifting it's side to protect passengers

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u/Fake_earthling Aug 13 '22

Same action when you do a silent fart.

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u/moneyscan Aug 13 '22

the ol lean an squeak

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u/adramelke Aug 13 '22

the one cheek sneak

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u/p4r24k Aug 13 '22

if you lean, then that is to hurt the passanger

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u/CopperheadSlinger Aug 13 '22

Lol the car flinches

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u/Ras82 Aug 13 '22 Take My Energy

Wouldn't that increase the odds of a rollover? I'm assuming the engineers did tests, but still, I'd be worried if my car had that feature.

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u/Suave_Jelepeno Aug 13 '22

The act of a rollover means much of the force is transferred to momentum instead of crushing the passengers. I'd take a rollover compared to the alternative.

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u/The_Gray_Beast Aug 13 '22

I suppose as long as the roof is relatively strong

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u/BabbitsNeckHole Aug 13 '22

All cars in America are mandated to be able to support themselves in the case of a rollover. Even convertibles. This lead to larger blind spots so now backup cameras are mandated also.

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u/The_Gray_Beast Aug 13 '22

Interesting. I look at auction cars when I am bored and I saw a nice f250 literally plastered in blood with the roof caved in

Wonder what happened there. Id imagine it’s not only it’s own weight that is the issue

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u/New-Ad-5003 Aug 13 '22

Heavy duty trucks often do not have to comply to typical auto regulations, such as emissions, and probably safety too.

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u/_BreakingGood_ Aug 13 '22

I'd guess a rollover is the goal yes, much safer.

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u/xlRadioActivelx Aug 13 '22

I think lowering the point of impact (relative to the audi) is also beneficial. The doors, door beams, and roof are relatively weak compared to the structural members of the floor. By tilting it’s bringing that point of impact lower and closer to the chassis and the strongest structural bits so that more energy of the impact goes into shoving the car rather than crushing it.

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u/p4r24k Aug 13 '22

the key part here is "to the audi"... screw the motorcycle rider

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u/xlRadioActivelx Aug 13 '22

If you’re on a motorcycle and t-bone a car at those kinds of speeds, you’re having a real bad day no matter what.

I don’t think the tilt makes really any difference to the motorcyclist. The tilt moving the point of impact closer to the strongest structural members of the car would reduce the amount of crush-zone, making the impact happen over less time therefore higher G-forces. However, the motorcyclist is not rigidly attached to the bike, the G-forces experienced by the bike don’t really mean anything for the G-forces experienced by the rider (above a certain point). The rider is going to keep moving forward after the impact until they hit their bike, and probably the car after that.

In other words hitting something relatively soft like a car and hitting a solid brick wall are very different for cars, the occupants of a car, and the motorcycle itself, but less different for the motorcyclist.

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u/p4r24k Aug 14 '22

but the car is now taller for the biker, therefore, more chances that their flight gets intercepted by the car.

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u/xlRadioActivelx Aug 14 '22

The car is already 5’ tall, the rider is almost certainly going to hit it, an extra two or three inches isn’t going to change that. Besides if you’re going fast enough to fly over the car, and quite likely into traffic, you’re having a real bad day and hitting the car doesn’t seem much worse.

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u/[deleted] Aug 13 '22

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u/OddlySpecifiedBag Aug 13 '22

It's a valid question, stop hating on others for trying to understand it better

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u/xXAlbion299Xx Aug 13 '22

Yea bro how dare he raises a valid question?! We all know that the works of engineers are flawless and nothing has ever went wrong in the past whatsoever and that questioning anything from them is wrong!!!

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u/[deleted] Aug 13 '22

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u/lungshenli Aug 13 '22

Perhaps. But this reduces the chance of something coming in through the window. Which is arguably worse

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u/prodigalson947 Aug 13 '22

i’m skeptical on that reaction time.

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u/ShadowProjector Aug 13 '22

Also what if the vehicle is moving?

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u/[deleted] Aug 13 '22

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u/byter2304 Aug 13 '22

Still now costs more to fix a car than is worth. Cars like these are theoretically worthless now unless you’re upper middle class at the very least and that’s being general

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u/3eeps Aug 13 '22

Probably polls thousands of times a second

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u/Piisthree Aug 13 '22

Don't worry, your crumpled mass of steel will be slightly higher on the right after said crumpling.

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u/HistoricalDentist372 Aug 13 '22

That’ll be an extra $100 a month

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u/XsniperxcrushX Aug 13 '22

Shit you can only afford the $50 option? That'll cover you for 50 miles a month.

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u/Critterchops Aug 13 '22

You would jump too if something was coming that fast towards you!!

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u/CDavid2005 Aug 13 '22

I'm almost positive a roll-over impact is signicantly less dangerous than just tanking a hit to the face or side of your car, so I'd much rather prefer this system.

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u/No_Reaction7902 Aug 13 '22

It depends on if there is cab intrusion or not, but a truck slamming into the side right into both doors is a worst case scenario, and this feature could save your life if it caused a rollover instead of the cab of the car crushing and stabbing you

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u/CDavid2005 Aug 13 '22

Yeah exactly. A cab intrusion is the short end of the stick, and from what I've seen you only see so many freak accidents in your life, most of which are not caused by sane, sober, and safe drivers, so I'd like to think my chances are very good lol

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u/[deleted] Aug 13 '22

Depends on speed and if everyone is wearing a seatbelt and there is nothing in the car that will become a projectile. If this results in a rollover when the car wouldn't have been in a bad accident then that is not good for anyone involved.

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u/tyrsal3 Aug 13 '22

Unless you get rolled down a hill or mountain. Lol. Weeeeeeeeee!!!

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u/DanDi58 Aug 13 '22

Only the 2018?

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u/Colonelfudgenustard Aug 13 '22

Better would be some sort of reactive armour to neutralize the threat.

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u/btwCBK Aug 13 '22

Or some sort of artillery to neutralize the target.

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u/ABCDEFuckenG Aug 13 '22

Masterchief?

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u/ours Aug 13 '22

Or active protection like for tanks and armored vehicles where it automatically blasts an explosive at threats in short range. Might make insurance cases... interesting.

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u/xSnakyy Aug 13 '22

It’s kinda what it does. It makes it so the impact is on the harder and stronger chassis and not on the body which is much weaker

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u/MuthaPlucka Aug 13 '22

Auto-Flinch

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u/Misael_chicha Aug 13 '22

Why not just jump completely over the incoming vehicle?

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u/BlazedSensei Aug 13 '22

Looks like it could make you roll.

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u/GreaseNipple_ Aug 13 '22

Just in case a Leopard shaped like a box ever try to run into you. Phew.

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u/RandoKaruza Aug 13 '22 Wholesome

And this helps how?

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u/xSnakyy Aug 13 '22

Makes it so the impact is on the chassis of the car

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u/RandoKaruza Aug 13 '22

It just seems that designing the car in such a way that the impact zones can actually be impacted without sophisticated proximity sensors would be a more elegant approach

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u/RacerKaiser Aug 13 '22

That would require a bar to be in the middle of the door. So you would be climbing through a window. That’s what race cars do, not luxury sedans.

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u/RandoKaruza Aug 14 '22

Side impact bars create deformation zones in just this way while allowing full ingress and egress. this tilt won’t do much for a full size SUV… but it does look cool… which is what luxury sedans are for I suppose so it’s quite on brand.

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u/Jaripsi Aug 13 '22

I dont get what you are suggesting. This seems to be a pretty elegant solution already as it doesnt require anything added to the car but a piece of code if the car already has 360 degree parking cameras and air suspension.

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u/Wasted_Possibilities Aug 13 '22

All this stupid shit being put on vehicles while handing out driver's licenses like fucking Pez to any able-bodied idiot able to stand in front of the camera. (or so it seems)

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u/WeAreAllOnThisBus Aug 13 '22

Only in America, in Germany it’s quite a bit different. But again, they have great public transit that isn’t just designed for the poors.

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u/W0lfwraith Aug 13 '22

LOL nice way to get flipped if it’s anything larger than a sedan.

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u/theultimatecat07 Aug 13 '22

Better than being crushed

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u/W0lfwraith Aug 13 '22 edited Aug 13 '22

Not always no. Vehicles are designed to crush around you not into you. I’d rather be trapped with a broken arm/hip than be a qudraplegic.

Editing: upon some reflection I realize I am wrong. I’m a bit stoned and need to remember to keep my mouth shut when that is the case.

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u/zackson76 Aug 13 '22

Rolling make the momentum from impact get transfered over a wider/longer vector, thus reduce impact. What would hurt more, punching a dangling sandbag or a brick wall?

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u/PM_ur_Rump Aug 13 '22

Vehicles are designed to crush around you not into you.

What do you mean by this?

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u/W0lfwraith Aug 13 '22

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u/Noodle_de_la_Ramen Aug 13 '22

Can’t exactly do that with the side doors…

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u/PM_ur_Rump Aug 13 '22

Yes, I am well aware of what crumple zones are. I mean what the hell are you talking about specifically here with broken arms and quadraplegics?

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u/W0lfwraith Aug 13 '22

What I’m referring too is that I’ve seen more than a few collision aftermaths and a full on T-bone that sends a car rolling more often than not does more than break bones. I used a rather poor comparison to try and make that point and I apologize.

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u/PM_ur_Rump Aug 13 '22

Some people say steel toed shoes are dangerous because the steel toe cap can cut your toes off if something very heavy is dropped on them.

This is true, at least the second part.

But dropping something heavy enough to bend the steel would more than crush your fleshy little toes. See where we are going?

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u/JonLongsonLongJonson Aug 13 '22

There are no crumple zones on the sides, though. They’re the biggest weak point. This reduces the chance of getting crushed.

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u/BirthdayCute5478 Aug 13 '22

Wouldn’t that just help the car flip over?

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u/GrindMagic Aug 13 '22

Maybe safe for the Audi driver but not so much for the poor old lady in the Camry that ends up going underneath it. 😳

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u/Jaripsi Aug 13 '22

Collision to the side is usually less safe than a head on collision as the front of the car has lot more crumple zone than the sides. Even with this trade off the old lady in the camry is better off.

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u/Straight-Knowledge83 Aug 13 '22

How does one go underneath an Audi in a Camry?

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u/XsniperxcrushX Aug 13 '22

I'm guessing the Camry crumples down close to the ground while the audi is tilting upward so that the Camry slides under the Audi before if/can roll over.

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u/_AManHasNoName_ Aug 13 '22

Wouldn’t that initiate a roll over when hit?

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u/Bryce_Taylor1 Aug 13 '22

And also more reliably cause a rollover

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u/Klingsam Aug 13 '22

I wouldn't want my car to do that.

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u/snowflakeplzmelt Aug 13 '22

Then it will have 10 different fault codes each requiring extensive work to clear.

Fucking Audi's.....

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u/Individual-Ad-7136 Aug 13 '22

Yea and then it flips over 18 times

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u/GrindMagic Aug 13 '22

Speed kills.

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u/XsniperxcrushX Aug 13 '22

Speed doesn't kill. Suddenly stopping does. Speed responsibly

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u/ze11ez Aug 13 '22

Does it do this while moving?

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u/Nara2020 Aug 13 '22

It feels like it raises the center of gravity though

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u/SixGiii Aug 13 '22

Like an…impala 👼🏽💯

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u/Massive_Ad4650 Aug 13 '22

Nice engineering

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u/_________FU_________ Aug 13 '22

Yeet Mode Engaged

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u/Hugh_Jego_69 Aug 13 '22

Another 10 years and these cars gonna be straight bunny hopping over incoming objects

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u/Jacklunk Aug 13 '22

I’m more pissed they got the w12 model

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u/spikek1 Aug 13 '22

Plot twist. It needs this fix to pass crash testing.

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u/Kiftiyur Aug 13 '22

It tilts up like 3 inches, how much is that really going to help?

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u/Gooduglybad16 Aug 13 '22

We’ve been here before on this posting. It was established then that the tilting of the car will be a contributing factor in the rollover that will happen easier.

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u/LivingGhost371 Aug 13 '22

Complicated technology in a German car. How long until the module that controls that function breaks and needs $2000 in repairs?

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u/IAM_notleaving Aug 13 '22

Wouldn’t it make it easier to flip it if it’s hit hard enough

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u/[deleted] Aug 13 '22

Or help rolling it.

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u/Denis_expertul Aug 13 '22

What if a ramp car would have hit that Audi? That lift just makes it easier to overturn the car

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u/Glad-Net-5772 Aug 13 '22

What is the physics behind the minor tilt?

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u/EarthAppropriate3808 Aug 13 '22

Considering it’s an Audi the manufacturers should be more concerned about damage coming from the front 😂

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u/glassjaw01 Aug 13 '22

Bro what is raising the car 2 inches gonna do if another car is about to slam into you

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u/ZealousidealLet1472 Aug 13 '22

So it’s easier to flip..? I’m confused lmao

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u/Justherebecausemeh Aug 13 '22

Two for flinching 🤜🏻🤜🏻

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u/Rushes_End Aug 13 '22

why the hell is the car moving befor the hit.

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u/NYStaeofmind Aug 13 '22

One more item for the dealer to fix.

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u/buddyz0108 Aug 14 '22

How about just building a car from steel again that could actually take a hit and little just pop it out later with a hammer. Watch a modern car hit or get hit by an old car, the steel cars walk away usually in better shape

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u/PBAHA97 Aug 14 '22

Yeah but this feature will not be available to non-premium user in the coming years. You'll actually have to perform a micro transaction to access this safety feature. You'll have 0.0001 of a second to to say yes before another car hits you.

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u/Ok-Sweetums Aug 13 '22

It would be even safer if they were both bikes and we would all stop driving cars everywhere for no reason.