I have mentioned before that I do not become excited by automobiles. I like a decent car, but any car will get someone from Point A to Point B. Comfort might vary and dependability can be an issue, but basic transportation does not require luxury or comfort. Ever ride in the back of an Army truck?
I will now go out on a limb and make a rash assumption: a nice car is a nice car. An expensive automobile from the leading brands provides a more enjoyable ride than a cheap or old one. Modern technological advances have made driving comfortable, easy, and fast (and safer).
My new car lets me open the door by merely having the key in my pocket and grabbing the handle. The trunk opens with a wave of my foot under the bumper, a nice feature with full hands. To lock the door, I merely wave my hand near the handle, as if waving goodbye to a friend.
I will not even begin to describe the technology assisting the driver. I’m surprised that I still must push a button to start the car, select a gear, apply gas, and brake. Of course, I have plenty of additional tasks, not unlike a flight deck manager on a Airbus, managed with buttons on the steering wheel, attachments to the steering column, buttons on the console, or buttons on the dashboard. Did I mention that the car responds to voice commands? I have yet to “talk” to the car, but I might.
Fortunately, this car is a pleasure to drive. Any trip from Point A to Point B, regardless of the distance or conditions, is done in style and comfort. I will not be testing the upper limits of the speedometer: 300 kmh.
When I first came to Germany, Audi was considered to be a car for factory workers or laborers and not known for technology. I never considered driving one, preferring instead Porsche, BMW, or Mercedes. Over the years, the company has joined the ranks of the top models...and might even have surpassed them in some ways. The A7 is a good or better than any car I have driven.
Strange the way consciousness functions. Before last week, I rarely noticed or considered Audi cars, much less an A7. Since buying one, Audis are everywhere, and I spot A7s seemingly all the time. A similar number of Audis and A7s crossed my field of vision in the past, yet none made an impression leading to awareness or consideration.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.