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Audi to launch V2I technology to connect cars with traffic lights

 

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The US division of the German automotive manufacturer Audi and Traffic Technology Services (TTS) are partnering to launch the first vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) technology at select smart cities in the autumn of 2016 in the US. The traffic light information technology will be available with select 2017 models of the Audi Q7, A4 and A4 allroad with Audi connect.

Traffic light information will serve as a feature of the Audi connect PRIME system, enabling the car to communicate with infrastructure in select metropolitan areas and cities in the country. With this technology, the car will be able to get real-time signal information from the advanced traffic management system, via an on-board LTE data connection and TTS servers.

The driver information system on the car’s instrument cluster and the head-up-display will indicate the time left until the signal becomes green. The feature is available on the 2017 models built after June 1.

Pom Malhotra, General Manager of connected vehicles, said: “This feature represents Audi’s first step in vehicle-to-infrastructure integration. In the future we could envision this technology integrated into vehicle navigation, start / stop functionality and can even be used to help improve traffic flow in municipalities. These improvements could lead to better overall efficiency and shorter commuting times.”

The technology is the newest of Audi’s connected car innovations, which include the first broadband enabled vehicle, launched in 2010. Audi connect has since expanded its services and capabilities, including 4G/LTE connectivity in 2014.

Source: Connected Car Tech

Four wins for Audi in the Car Connectivity Award

 

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Audi connectivity systems honored for third consecutive time. First place for traffic jam assist and MMI all-in-touch, among others Ingolstadt/Stuttgart, September 16, 2016 

Four first place finishes for Audi in the Car Connectivity Award 2016: In the reader survey conducted by “auto motor und sport” and “CHIP” magazines, Audi wins in the Assistance Systems, Control Concepts/Displays, Sound Systems and Entertainment/Multimedia categories.

More than 32,000 readers voted. Marcus Keith, Head of Development for Audi connect, Control and Display Systems at AUDI AG: “This repeated victory in four categories confirms our competence in the promising fields of digitalization and assistance systems.

The focus of our connection strategy is on increasing customer benefit in the areas of safety, comfort and efficiency.” Audi won in the Assistance Systems category with its adaptive cruise control including traffic jam assist. In the Control Concepts/Displays category, Audi impressed voters with its MMI all-in-touch control system. Audi took top honors in the Sound Systems category with its Bang & Olufsen Sound System with 3D sound. And the Audi tablet rear seat entertainment put Audi in first place in the Entertainment/Multimedia category.

Participants in the “Car Connectivity Award 2016” reader survey selected their favorites in a total of eleven categories. This is the third time “CHIP” and “auto motor und sport” have presented the award. The award ceremony took place yesterday evening in Stuttgart.

Four wins for Audi in the Car Connectivity Award | Audi MediaCenter

In the photo above: Marcus Keith, Head of Development of Operating and Display Systems of AUDI AG, at the award ceremony „Car Connectivity Award 2016“.

 

Source: Audi

Audi moves into digital health

Audi partners with digital health incubator to tone up startups and drivers

Audi partners with digital health incubator to  tone up startups and drivers

  • Participation in the Berlin-based “Flying Health Incubator”
  • Sales chief Dietmar Voggenreiter: “Bringing the fitness trend into the connected car”
  • “Audi Fit Driver” pilot project promotes driver health and safety in traffic

AUDI AG becomes founding partner in Berlin’s “Flying Health Incubator”. The center supports startups that develop digital innovations in the healthcare sector. With its involvement, Audi is accelerating to develop “automotive health” as new business area – dedicated to enhance customer’s health and fitness while driving. With Audi Fit Driver, the brand is already testing innovative services and functionalities in this field.

Audi Partners with Cubic Telecom to Deliver Connected Vehicles Across Europe

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Audi Partners with Cubic Telecom to Deliver Connected Vehicles with Audi connect Infotainment and Wi-Fi Services for Drivers Across Europe

Audi’s customers will have access to hassle-free connectivity options via Cubic Telecom’s high-speed LTE MVNO platform

 

Global connectivity platform provider Cubic Telecom and Audi today have announced a partnership to deliver high-speed connectivity for the Audi connect infotainment services to drivers across Europe. This is representing the largest-scale rollout within Cubic Telecom’s MVNO connectivity initiatives.

Through the initiative, Audi customers will not only be able to access Audi infotainment services, but can also purchase competitive regional or Europe-wide data plans using an in-car store or the myAudi web portal, to provide easy internet access for their portable devices with personal apps using the Audi connect Wi-Fi hotspot. Cubic Telecom’s network partners cover 13 countries including Germany, France, Spain, Italy, UK, Ireland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden, Austria and Denmark making it the largest independent MVNO based LTE network in Europe.

“Cubic Telecom has the most comprehensive and competitive independent options available,” said Marcus Keith, director development Audi connect at Audi. “With Cubic, our customers traveling across Europe will be able to have secure and robust high-speed connectivity wherever they drive. This is just the start with more countries to follow.”

Cubic Telecom uniquely provides a true global embedded connectivity solution – through an automotive grade embedded SIM providing local connectivity for the vehicle regardless of where the driver travels in Europe. Users will experience premium-class connectivity reliability and speed.

“We are thrilled to partner with Audi to provide its drivers hassle-free in-car connectivity,” said Barry Napier, CEO of Cubic Telecom. “This partnership is a testament to Cubic Telecom’s ability to rapidly expand connectivity programs for users across not only Europe, but global markets as our solution can be easily scaled worldwide to comply with customer needs as well as local regulations. We’re excited with what we have on the roadmap.”

Cubic Telecom enabled Audi vehicles will enter the market in selected models in 2016 carlines across Europe. For more details go to (www.audi.com).

Source: Cubic Telecom

Audi develops high-resolution technology for improved driver efficiency

Audi utilizes high-resolution navigation maps for its driver assistance systems

  • Highly precise data leads to greater convenience and better fuel economy
  • Predictive efficiency assistant in the Audi Q7* achieves up to ten percent fuel savings
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member for Technical Development: “High-resolution maps are continuing to gain in importance.”
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The premium brand is developing a new high-resolution map materials together with competent partners. A current example of the potential of this data is the predictive efficiency assistant in the new Audi Q7*. It utilizes information about the topography to get the car to its destination with greater efficiency and convenience. High-resolution maps will also play a key role in piloted driving.

“The importance of high-resolution, three-dimensional maps will continue to grow in the future,” explains Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi Head of Development, and he refers to piloted driving as a typical application: “Here we primarily use the data in situations in which a precise prediction is crucial – e.g. data on expressway interchanges, road splits and entrance and exit ramps.” Audi is working on the navigation map of the future with strategic partners such as Dutch map and navigation supplier TomTom – utilizing various technology platforms in the process. The next generation of the Audi A8 will be a front-runner in piloted driving technology and the use of high-resolution maps.

Today, Audi customers can already realize significant benefits from precise map materials. The predictive efficiency assistant in the new Audi Q7* already utilizes highly precise route data that includes information on elevation profiles – it works with this data even while the driver is not actively using navigation. If desired, the system can also be used to help economize on fuel. It offers practical fuel-saving tips to drivers in situations in which reducing speed makes sense.

The predictive efficiency assistant recognizes curves, roundabouts and intersections, descents and ascents, as well as municipality border signs and speed limit signs – often before the driver even sees them. Drivers who fully utilize this features can reduce fuel consumption by up to ten percent.

Fuel consumption of the models named above:

Audi Q7:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.3 – 5.7**;
Combined CO2-emissions in g/km: 183 – 149**

**The fuel consumption and the CO2 emissions of a vehicle vary due to the choice of wheels and tires. They not only depend on the efficient utilization of the fuel by the vehicle, but are also influenced by driving behavior and other non-technical factors.

Source: Audi

Amazon deliveries direct to your connected Audi

Amazon trial delivers packages directly to Audi cars

 Tired of having to stay home (or ship to the office) just to collect your online orders? If you live in Germany and drive the right car, you might not have to. In an expansion of what Volvo tried last year, Amazon is teaming up with Audi and DHL for a trial that delivers Amazon Prime purchases directly to connected Audi cars in the Munich area.

All you have to do is provide the rough location of your car during the delivery window — after that, the DHL courier gets temporary access to the trunk of your vehicle to drop off your packages. Suffice it to say that this could be more than a little handy if you’re busy working or visiting family. The trial will only involve a handful of people when it kicks off in early May, but here’s hoping that it expands quickly… the days of staring anxiously at your front door could eventually come to an end.

Source: engadnet

Audi, MIT and GE start HubCab car share project in NYC

MIT, in partnership with Audi and GE, has launched HubCab — a transportation tracking tool aimed at reducing commuting congestion, decreasing vehicle emissions and dramatically lowering the cost of mobility infrastructure.

HubCab tracks more than 150 million taxi rides in New York City over the course of a year. With this information, researchers can identify commuter travel patterns and work to develop a more efficient car share system. MIT researchers say HubCab technology could not only save people money and time, but allow users to better plan their taxi rides around the city, potentially reducing the number of trips by 40%. HubCab is another step by Audi and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Senseable City Lab to work toward improving transportation efficiency systems that reshape that way people move and live in their daily lives.

Part of the vision for a more sustainable urban future involves the utilization of Big Data, such as that provided by HubCab. This remains a goal for both the MIT Senseable City Lab and ERL. Project researchers say the HubCab tool embodies one of the most cutting-edge applications of this concept.

Additionally, users can explore 200 thousand street segments in New York over several time segments of the day, which amounts to more than one trillion flow combinations. HubCab allows users to discover exactly when and where taxis pick up and drop individuals in New York City, which is useful in helping identify specific areas and time of condensed pickup and drop-off activities.

Information generated by the HubCab project also offers potential application to other existing Audi urban mobility initiatives, including Audi Urban Intelligent Assist (AUIA). The project, conducted by Audi, ERL and university research partners, utilizes real time urban data to develop connected car technologies that reduce congestion, improve safety and make urban driving less stressful. This data includes local vehicle and pedestrian information, which could ultimately be sourced from the HubCab project.

Source: Audi

Audi and AT&T announce pricing for 4G LTE connectivity


Audi of America and AT&T announced new data plans for the all-new 2015 A3 sedan, which debuts this month, and will enable the first-ever in-vehicle 4G LTE data connection in North America. The data plans will be competitively priced, starting at $99 for a 6-month plan and $499 for a 30-month plan.

Audi and AT&T will offer two limited data plans: a 6-month plan with 5 Gigabytes of data and a 30- month plan with 30 GB. All Audi A3 sedans equipped with Audi connect will receive a free six-month trial period. Previous experience with 3G+ Audi connect owners has shown they prefer either a 6-month or a 30-month term, which are designed to accommodate the consumer’s typical usage. The plans are based off typical usage in a vehicle. Customers can be sent e-mail alerts if they near the data plan limit.

As previously announced, this summer Audi will become the first automaker to offer a Mobile Share data plan option to AT&T wireless customers who would like to add their vehicle to their existing Mobile Share plan.

Audi plans to roll out 4G LTE capability across its entire lineup as new or refreshed models come to market. AT&T has the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network.

The new A3 family will feature the most advanced version of Audi connect, including picture navigation, read-aloud news headlines, Facebook and Twitter alerts, access to more than 7,000 Web radio stations, personalized RSS news feeds, and more.

An accompanying mobile app will allow advanced functionality between the MMI system and smartphones, reducing the need for Audi motorists to handle their devices when accessing some smartphone-based features.

Source: Audi

Vodafone strikes M2M deal with Volkswagen, Audi

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Vodafone has announced that it will supply an embedded SIM for new Volkswagen and Audi models in Europe, as the automotive sector becomes increasingly important for operators’ M2M ambitions.

The agreement does not start immediately – Vodafone will supply M2M connectivity for new Audi models from 2015

Currently Audi offers a package of services which includes “in-car navigation, communications and infotainment services together with a WLAN hotspot”.

In 2013, the Audi S3 was the company’s first model to integrate a 4G-capable infotainment system, enabling Vodafone subscribers to access its 4G network. The car will be on display at this year’s Vodafone CeBIT stand.

Erik Brenneis, head of Vodafone’s M2M, said: “As a result of this agreement, we will strengthen further our position in the automotive sector – one of the key markets for M2M communication. Our efficient mobile communications networks ensure that the networked car is becoming more and more widespread, including across European national borders”.

One of the factors suggested by Vodafone that might drive user adoption is the planned EU-wide emergency call system – known as eCall – which automatically sends out a SOS in the event of a vehicle accident.

Vodafone already has previous experience with M2M in the automotive sector. Two years ago Vodafone Germany unveiled a five-year deal to supply M2M connectivity for BMW cars sold domestically.

This is not the first time Vodafone has worked with Volkswagen either. In 2012, the mobile operator announced it had been chosen by the car maker to supply mobile services to its workforce of more than 90,000 employees.

In addition to supplying voice and data services to Volkswagen workers, Vodafone also agreed to offer data transfer for business process management in areas such as logistics and production. That agreement is for internal functions as opposed to the latest M2M deal which is focused on customers.

Source: Mobile World Live/Richard Handford

Audi Urban Intelligent Assist uses latest technologies to ease urban driving experience

The Audi Urban Intelligent Assist (AUIA) project is developing technologies aimed at making traffic jams, parking difficulties and tough urban navigation a thing of the past. Through a partnership involving its Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) in Silicon Valley and four leading U.S. research universities, the automaker is developing groundbreaking innovations in predictive driving technology that would allow a car to anticipate future traffic trends and “learn” a person’s driving habits for a customized driving experience on each commute.

Audi, with an eye toward increasingly dangerous traffic patterns in the world’s biggest cities, launched the AUIA research project to help make urban driving safer and more convenient through a number of revolutionary functions. Those functions include technology that tells the motorist the optimal time to leave for an appointment, directing them on the most efficient route to open street or garage parking and naturalistic navigation based on visual cues, driver awareness monitoring and signals on when it is safe to accomplish maneuvers to merge or change lanes on a congested highway.

Highlights of the results of the AUAI project:

Audi Driver Centric Urban Navigation

  • Time-2-Start notifies drivers via their mobile devices how long it will take them to reach their destination before they leave.
  • Smart Parking combines the parking habits of a driver with the availability of nearby parking spots-parking structures as well as metered street parking — to help identify parking spots in a destination area and provide navigation to that location.
  • Predictive Traffic anticipates and analyzes current traffic patterns based on present and past traffic data, along with weather and event information.
  • Naturalistic Guidance uses surrounding landmarks to provide detailed instructions for easy navigation (e.g. “Please turn left at the park”).
  • Seamless Navigation provides walking guidance to the driver from his or her “Smart Parking” spot directly to their destination.

Audi Urban Assistance

  • Merge Assist helps a driver merge on the highway by utilizing components of speed calculation and speed displayed in the instrument cluster and green LEDs on the side mirrors notify the driver it is safe to merge.
  • Lane Change Assist monitors a driver’s blind spot areas as well as fast-approaching vehicles and hazardous objects in an effort to assist the driver in changing lanes on the highway. The system also analyses driver behavior to predict when the driver intends to performing a lane change. This coupled with the environmental data allows the vehicle to signal the driver when it is safe to change lanes via green LED lights on the side mirrors.
  • Attention Guard provides early detection of driver distraction through countermeasures that get the attention of a driver and bring their focus back on the road.

Development

AUIA technology was developed through a partnership between Audi AG, the ERL in Silicon Valley, as well as three leading California engineering research universities: the University of Southern California, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of California at San Diego. The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute also contributed to development. Research included crunching numbers through algorithms, real time data, Human Machine Interface (HMI) advanced sensors, radar detections and other innovative approaches.

Source: Audi