2016 Audi Q3 Connected Mobility Concept Comes with Electric Longboard

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 4, 2016

During the 2016 Beijing Motor Show, Audi finally launched its latest Connected Mobility Concept based on the Q3, which comes with smartphone integration. But guess what, it also gets an electric longboard in the rear bumper. The longboard primarily serves as an alternative mode of transportation, making mobility more creative and convenient.

The Q3 Connected Mobility Concept basically looks like the Q3 crossover— both exterior and interior. No modifications have been employed aside from the enhanced connectivity and mobility. Through the Audi MMI connect app, the Q3-compact-crossover-inspired concept can be synced to a smartphone calendar, enabling the vehicle to know where the driver is going. In addition, it can also be linked to the vehicle’s infotainment system. Moreover, the concept can determine the fastest routes. When the fastest route no longer needs the vehicle, the driver can easily hop on the longboard and scoot the rest of the way after the app has found a perfect parking spot for the Audi.

The 3.44-feet electric longboard can run up to 7.40 miles and accelerate up to 18 mph on a single charge-up. Moreover, the scooter has a spot for the smartphone on the handlebars to make it more convenient for the user to access the Audi MMI connect app. When not in use, the electric long board can be placed back at its rear bumper storage tray, where it automatically recharges.

Like the standard Audi Q3, the Q3 Connected Mobility Concept comes with numerous engine versions such as the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that offers 200 hp and 207 lb.-ft. of torque and that is paired to a front-wheel-drive six-speed automatic transmission. The Quattro all-wheel-drive (AWD) system is also available. However, an e-tron hybrid system is a possibility, given the battery that powers the longboard.

Audi believes that the Q3 Connected Mobility Concept provides a multifunctional mobility solution especially for users and commuters living in congested metropolitan areas. There are numerous instances when longboards have proven to be highly useful in getting where one needs to be at, especially during heavy traffic situations.

With this concept for a future vehicle, Audi has once again expressed its commitment in contributing to the evolution of the automotive industry. As it embraces innovation and the integration of powerful technologies, the German carmaker is not that far away from the future it envisions.

Although the Q3 Connected Mobility Concept is still a concept, the possibility of its production is not far-fetched. That is the beauty of concept models— it allows both carmakers and car enthusiasts to have a glimpse of the future and to actually make it happen.

Press Release

AUTO CHINA 2016: AUDI PRESENTS AUDI CONNECTED MOBILITY CONCEPT

At Auto China 2016 in Beijing, Audi presents the Audi connected mobility concept, a concept car based on the Audi Q3, the brand’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 multifunctional longboard, measuring 1.05 metres in length, is integrated into the rear bumper of the car for convenient 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 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 based on real-time traffic data. In case the longboard option is faster, the system will recommend a parking space nearby so that the driver may continue the commute 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 seven miles (12 kilometres) and reaches a maximum speed of 18mph. The board can be used in three riding modes: In “scooter mode”, 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 be conveniently clipped onto the steering rack. With the handlebar folded down in “sport mode”, the rider controls the speed via remote control in his hand. In a third mode, the board serves as a transport device for luggage or shopping bags: Connected wirelessly to a smartphone or smart-watch, the board automatically follows its owner.

The Audi connected mobility concept is based on the Audi Q3 which is produced locally in China. More than 70,000 units were sold in the region in 2015, making the Q3 the market leader in the premium compact SUV segment. At Auto China 2016, Audi launches the new Audi Q3 on the Chinese market.

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