Audi R&D Beijing was established at Audi China in 2013. The development center in China’s capital city is part of the global Technical Development division of AUDI AG. The teams of engineers work with close contacts to customers in Asia on regional product adaptations and tests. Furthermore, the R&D employees ensure that innovations and trends from Asia flow into the concept phase of future products of AUDI AG.
Audi R&D Beijing covers all the areas of the global Technical Development division of AUDI AG. The development center is located in the Audi China building in Beijing’s 798 Art Zone. Designers at Audi R&D Beijing create China-specific designs and concepts and collaborate closely with the headquarters in Ingolstadt.
In the battery test laboratory, extreme temperatures from minus 40 to plus 120 degrees Celsius and relative humidity of up to 95 percent can be simulated. Among other things, the battery for the Audi A6 L e-tron developed for China is tested here.
At a special test stand, engineers work on driver assistance systems going as far as piloted driving. During the first Consumer Electronics Show Asia (CES) in Shanghai, Audi was the first premium manufacturer to demonstrate the traffic-jam pilot in daily road traffic in the Chinese metropolis.
Audi R&D Beijing cooperates with strong local partners. The strategic partnership with Baidu integrates the popular services of the Chinese Internet company into the car. In the area of data communication, Audi cooperates with telecommunications-equipment company Huawei and mobile-services provider China Mobile.
Audi engineers in Beijing have been developing infotainment solutions for automobile customers in China, Japan and South Korea since 2008, including a touchpad for inputting handwritten Asian characters into the navigation system.
Together with the Chinese partner FAW, Audi has been active in local car development in China for 28 years now. This includes country-specific testing, for example on the basis of local geographic demands such as fitness for desert conditions. In 2015, Audi carried out an average of 350,000 test kilometers each month in China. The joint venture is also involved in the prequalification and testing of locally purchased parts.
In close cooperation with the partner FAW, special long-wheelbase versions have been designed for the Chinese market (Audi A6 L* and Audi A4 L*). The additional space and comfort in the rear of these cars is intended to satisfy the preferences of Chinese customers. Audi was the first premium manufacturer to offer a long version especially for the Chinese market.