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“25th Hour” project: Audi is researching the use of time in the robot car

Since 2010 the Audi Urban Future Initiative has been a platform for an international and interdisciplinary dialog about the future of mobility in cities. Urban planners, mobility specialists, data researchers and designers develop specific solutions in cooperation with Audi experts for conveying people quickly and conveniently from A to B and making the best possible use of space in cities. The Initiative regards itself as an incubator for new ideas that enrich the discourse about networked mobility and improve the quality of life in our cities

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  • 12/07/16
    Culture and Trends

    Audi networks with traffic lights in the USA

    If you know in advance when a traffic light will switch from red to green, your driving is more relaxed and efficient. Audi is the first automobile brand to connect the car to the city infrastructure – an important step towards autonomous driving. In Las Vegas, starting immediately, the Audi A4 and Q7 models can display traffic-light phases directly in the car. Further U.S. cities will follow, and introduction of the system is planned in Europe. Traffic Light Information optimizes traffic flow, saves valuable time and reduces environmental impact.
  • 11/17/15
    Culture and Trends

    Audi brings automated parking to the Boston area

    Audi and the city of Somerville are planning joint innovations for the city of the future on the east coast of the USA. Audi CEO Rupert Stadler and Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the context of the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona. They agreed to develop an urban strategy for Somerville, applying technologies for swarm intelligence or automated parking, and networking cars with traffic lights.
  • 11/10/14
    Culture and Trends

    More space and better quality of life in cities: Audi introduces the “Urban Agenda”

    Audi CEO Rupert Stadler presented the cornerstones of his “Urban Agenda” on Monday, announcing that networked mobility technologies for the mega-cities of tomorrow will be a key market. At the presentation of the Audi Urban Future Award 2014 in Berlin, executive board chairman Stadler said: “If we succeed in decoding the DNA of mobility, the city will become predictable.” Then it would be possible to avoid traffic congestion and to enhance the quality of life. Digitalization would then bring about a new cooperation of the car and the city. Audi therefore plans to grasp this “once-in-a-century opportunity” by using new technologies to improve the flow of information between cars and urban infrastructure. Stadler announced worldwide development partnerships with major cities.

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