The solution to a problem that causes embarrassment in caravan parks across the nation has been invented, but we can't have it.
Trailer manoeuvre assist in the new Audi Q7 is the most interesting new driver-aid technology, but it can't be sold in Australia. This no-hands feature automatically steers so anything attached to the Audi's towball goes exactly where the driver wants.
Just use the Q7's rotary dial controller to swing a pointer on the centre screen to the desired spot.
Audi brought a trailer carrying two Ducati motorcycles to the international launch of the Q7 in Switzerland. With the car's computers twirling the steering wheel, it was simple to reverse the bike-toting trailer around a 90-degree bend marked by cones.
Audi's smart towbar is fine for all major European markets but lacks the attachment points for safety chains required by Australian rules
The towball has a built-in drawbar-angle sensor — and this is where the problems begin. Audi's smart towbar is fine for all major European markets but lacks the attachment points for safety chains required by Australian rules. And the sensor-equipped towball is designed for lighter downward pressures than are typical in Australia.
"We are trying to work with the Australian Government to allow this important safety assistance technology to be made available to Australian owners," says Audi Australia product planning manager John Roberts. "However, we don't expect an immediate answer."