Audi’s connected mobility concept at Auto China 2016 in Beijing is a concept car based on the Q3, the automaker’s urban compact SUV. The concept offers sporty and multi-functional mobility for megacities with dense traffic and road restrictions. Tailored to markets with growing urbanisation such as China, this lifestyle concept was developed at Audi Research & Development in Beijing and focuses on young, progressive drivers.
An electrically powered multi-functional longboard, measuring 1.05 metres in length, is integrated into the rear bumper of the Q3 for convenient storage/removal. To ensure permanent useability, the device is charged automatically while loaded in the car. The board’s premium design includes superior materials such as carbon fibre and aluminium.
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 using real-time traffic data.
In situations where the longboard option is deemed to be faster, the system will recommend a parking space nearby so that the driver may continue the commute to the destination with the Q3’s electric board. The navigation information synchronises with the Audi MMI connect app on the user’s smartphone that continues to provide point-to-point route guidance.
The multi-functional longboard has a battery range of more than 12 kilometres and reaches a maximum speed of 29km/h. The board can be used in three riding modes.
In “scooter mode”, the phone is conveniently clipped to the unfolded handlebar to display directions, with the speed adjusted via the remote control attached to the right handlebar grip. A backpack can be conveniently clipped onto the steering rack. In “sport mode”, the handlebar is folded down and the rider controls the speed via the remote control in his hand. In “shopper mode”, the board serves as a transport device for luggage or shopping bags, and is connected wirelessly to a smartphone or smartwatch so the board can automatically follow its owner.
Audi has an SUV smaller than the Q3, called Q2.