Car geeks with a bent for technology, geekery, and a way to get to Miami will want to consider buying a ticket to Design Miami 2017 .

There, Audi is putting the research and development behind new A8 on display in a first-ever exhibit called the Audi Motherboard.

On display is a replica of a system that Audi normally keeps hidden in the high-security zone of its technical development division that is used to test vehicle components at various stages of their development. It consists of three circuit boards just under 10 by 10 feet square and the control modules used by Audi engineers to test how hardware and software functions interact before they go into production. The rig allows Audi to simulate scenarios such as exchanging massive amounts of data.

The purpose of the exhibit is to demonstrate the autonomous features that are being launched with the new A8 when it arrives next fall.

"The Audi A8 is the world’s first production automobile developed for highly automated driving," says Bernhard Neumann, Head of Experiential Marketing at Audi. "We are demonstrating to our visitors in Miami how the model manages the complex situations in a traffic jam with technology.

"With the help of the installation, we make it possible to experience the Audi A8 and the process of its development."

Design Miami attracts influential art collectors, gallery owners, designers, curators and critics from around the world, and Audi has been its exclusive automotive partner since 2006. The exhibition runs from now until December 10 just outside the Miami Beach Convention Centre in Miami, Florida.