Audi’s New Concept Car Is Seriously Cool
When an automaker debuts a new concept, the dramatic shapes and new features of the vehicle amaze us, and inspire prayers that this vehicle will enter production and look as awesome as the concept. At the Beijing Auto Show this month, Audi unveiled the Audi connected mobility concept, which is actually is a pretty toned-town vehicle if you just look at the exterior (it’s pretty much just an Audi Q3). The best part about this SUV is hidden in its bumper until you look closer.
That’s right, its bumper. No, it’s not a magical bumper that will stop dents when the pimply teenager behind you in traffic forgets to brake when they’re texting at the wheel. This bumper has a hidden compartment that conceals an electrically charged longboard with a range of 12 kilometers. The vehicle connects to a driver’s smartphone to look at their calendar, knowing where the driver has to be and when. Using real-time traffic data, the Audi connected mobility concept determines whether the driver should drive or use the longboard to arrive at their destination in a timely manner. If the longboard wins the fight, the Audi will find a parking space nearby and alert the driver to the change of plans. According to the automaker, once the driver switches to the longboard, the infotainment system sends navigation information back to the user’s smartphone to make sure they don’t get lost.
It might be silly to get excited about the longboard, but just think of the emissions it would save if your routes are short enough to use it instead of the large car. Its storage drawer in the bumper also charges the device, meaning that there are no extra plugs and wires to worry about, or any concerns over where to store the longboard out of the way. A press release from Audi also says that the longboard will have three modes, one of which allows it to be ridden like a scooter with a pop-up handle that has a smartphone clip. If you’re transporting items with the longboard, it can actually be programmed to follow the owner while carrying boxes or shopping bags.
Even the most skeptical of car fans has to admit that the concept might not be that exciting to look at, but it looks extremely functional. Drivers who live in large cities, often clogged by traffic, might really consider buying this luxury car if it actually came to the market.
A Dayton native, Rebecca got her start blogging at the curiously named Harlac’s Tongue while studying abroad in the UK. She loves tooling around town with her Ford Focus named Jerome to the song they’re playing on the radio. On any given weekend, you can find her with her camera at area festivals, concerts, and car shows, shopping at flea markets, or taking an adventure on the open road. See more articles by Rebecca.