The AUDI urban future initiative is bringing together two worlds: the car and the city. by means of an interactive exhibit in the form of a futuristic city model, the AUDI urban future initiative highlights the needs of commuters in large cities and how they move through the city. how many minutes does someone spend being stuck in a hold-up today? how long will it take to find a parking space? the interactive urban model gives a vision of mobility and provides an outlook on how technologies can contribute to efficient and comfortable travel from A to B.
The facts behind come from the city dossier boston, a research project by AUDI and the architecture office höweler + yoon, winners of the AUDI urban future award 2012. more than 330,000 people commute daily to work in the city center of boston. the population of boston increases during the day by 41 percent – a huge challenge for its transportation systems.
The results can be applied to other large cities, too. specifically, the team of the initiative analyzed bottlenecks in the traffic network and derived visionary solutions from its findings. the interactive model simulates mobility solutions for three types of commuter – visitors to CES could experience how technologies can give the road warrior, the straphanger and the reverse commuter access to smoothly operating mobility in the future.
The road warrior lives in a suburb and commutes by car to a workplace in the city center. on arrival, the time-consuming search for a parking space begins. the CES exhibit demonstrates, for example, the added value of piloted parking for this type of commuter: the car is left in front of a parking garage and the driver starts the process of parking using a smartphone. while the road warrior is already walking the last yards to the office, the car parks itself autonomously – at a minimum distance to the other vehicles, as the driver’s door can now remain closed. equally, a safety margin in the distance to other parked cars is also superfluous. the city, too, benefits from this technology, as the efficient handling of parking places creates free space that can be greened, for example.
The reverse commuter lives in the city center and travels to work outside – against the flow and usually without hold-ups. in the evening, close to home in the inner city, things get difficult. tired out by traffic lights and rush-hour traffic, reverse commuters begin their daily search for somewhere to park in the evening. the car manufacturer AUDI is working on, for example, ways of taking the strain off the driver in stressful situations like this: piloted driving in city traffic would allow the automobile to navigate the streets on its own. this is an exciting prospect, and only one of many taken from the CES exhibit. thanks to films and visualizations, visitors to CES could see how future technologies such as those from AUDI’s preliminary development projects can have a sustained influence on urban mobility.
The interactive model simulates mobility solutions for three types of commuter that are visualized in these sketches: the road warrior, the straphanger and the reverse commuter access to smoothly operating mobility in the future.
At this year’s CES the main focuses of AUDI were connectivity, matrix LED lighting technology, piloted driving and parking and other rapidly evolving innovations, redefining mobility.
AUDI urban future initiative: vision of mobility at CES 2014, image courtesy AUDI urban future initiative.