Audi board to shorten the walk from parkade to of­fice

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

SPEAK­ING dur­ing Audi’s an­nual meet­ing in the au­tomaker’s home of In­gol­stadt, Ger­many, CEO Ru­pert Stadler out­lined a plan to in­tro­duce at least one elec­tric car per year, start­ing from 2018.

The 2018 date is sig­nif­i­cant as it is the year Audi launches its long-awaited elec­tric SUV based on last year’s E-tron Quat­tro con­cept. The new SUV, likely to be called a Q6 E-tron, will be pro­duced in Bel­gium and prom­ises a range of over 480 km.

At the re­cent Bei­jing Auto Show, Audi pre­sented the Audi con­nected-mo­bil­ity con­cept, a con­cept car based on the Audi Q3, the brand’s urban-com­pact SUV.

Tai­lored to mar­kets with grow­ing ur­ban­i­sa­tion such as China, the con­cept was de­vel­oped at Audi Re­search and De­vel­op­ment in Bei­jing and fo­cuses on young, pro­gres­sive driv­ers.

An elec­tri­cally pow­ered mul­ti­func­tional long­board, mea­sur­ing 1,05 me­tres in length, is in­te­grated into the rear bumper of the car for stor­age and re­moval.

To en­sure per­ma­nent us­abil­ity, the de­vice is charged au­to­mat­i­cally while loaded in the car. The board’s pre­mium de­sign in­cludes su­pe­rior ma­te­ri­als such as car­bon fi­bre and alu­minum.

The car’s in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem is linked to the smart­phone cal­en­dar of the user. Based on the des­ti­na­tion and planned ar­rival time, the sys­tem will cal­cu­late the fastest mo­bil­ity mix based on real-time traf­fic data.

If the long­board op­tion is faster, the sys­tem will rec­om­mend a park­ing space nearby so that the driver may con­tinue to the des­ti­na­tion with the elec­tric board.

The nav­i­ga­tion in­for­ma­tion syn­chro­nises with the Audi MMI con­nect App on the user’s smart­phone that con­tin­ues to guide the route. The multi-func­tional long­board has a bat­tery range of more than 12 kilo­me­tres and reaches a speed of 30 km/h.

The board can be utilised in three rid­ing modes: • in scooter mode with the han­dle­bar up­right, the phone is con­ve­niently clipped to the un­folded han­dle­bar to dis­play di­rec­tions. The speed is ad­justed via re­mote con­trol at­tached to the right han­dle­bar grip. A back­pack can clip onto the han­dle­bar; • in sport mode, with the han­dle­bar folded down, the rider con­trols the speed via re­mote con­trol in his hand; and • in fol­low mode, the board car­ries lug­gage or shop­ping bags, con­nect­ing wire­lessly to a smart­phone or smart­watch to fol­low its owner au­to­mat­i­cally.

The con­cept is based on the Audi Q3, which is pro­duced in China, where over 70 000 units were sold in 2015, mak­ing the Q3 the leader in the pre­mium com­pact SUV seg­ment.

PHOTO: AUDI

To make the blocks be­tween the of­fice and the car park shorter, Audi pro­posed an elec­tric skate­board that charges in a drawer built into the rear bumper of the Q3.

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