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Audi China tests autonomous driving and connected infrastructure

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Audi China tests autonomous driving and connected infrastructure

- Innovative cooperation project at "World Internet of Things Exposition 2018"
- Audi China receives its first test license for autonomous driving on public roads
- Audi China Research and Development plans additional hub in Wuxi
- Saad Metz, Head of Audi China R&D: "We find optimal conditions to test intelligently connected cars on public roads"

Beijing/Wuxi, September 14, 2018 – Audi expands its engagement in Wuxi, the model city for connected traffic in eastern China. As part of the "World Internet of Things Exposition", the brand with the Four Rings is demonstrating intelligently connected driving in a predevelopment project from September 15th-18th. In several use cases, an information exchange between cars, infrastructure and pedestrians, based on the new mobile communications generation LTE-V2X, optimizes safety as well as driving comfort and traffic flow. In addition, this Friday, Audi received its first test license for autonomous driving (level 4) on public roads in Wuxi. Audi China Research and Development wants to accompany this long-term project in the best possible way and is opening another development and testing hub in Wuxi.

In the second phase of the research project in Wuxi, Audi achieves another milestone in connected traffic. For the first time, Audi driver assistance systems respond to connected road users and infrastructure: depending on the traffic light phases and the behavior of road users, the car automatically adapts its speed or activates the warning flash light system in a hazardous situation. The communication between the cars and the infrastructure is based on the latest LTE-V2X network generation, which enables real-time data transmission.

Together with partners Huawei, China Mobile and the Wuxi traffic police, Audi is testing and demonstrating 15 different "vehicle-to-everything" (V2X) functions. The results of these tests are an important basis for autonomous driving worldwide. "Car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure functions expand the technological base enabling us to offer autonomous driving in China in the future," says Alexander Pesch, Director of Automated Driving, Audi China.

The evaluations of the test data are used by Audi in another major project: Local authorities today gave the company the test license for autonomous driving on public roads in Wuxi. Thus, the brand is the first international manufacturer to send autonomous Level 4 test vehicles to the road in the model region.

"As the smart city of tomorrow, Wuxi offers us optimal conditions – for example, a large public road network with connected infrastructure," says Saad Metz, Head of Technical Development Audi China. "Together with our local high-tech development partners, we take the next step towards self-driving cars and adapt them to local requirements." For this purpose, Audi is also working closely with the local partner Horizon Robotics. Together, the two companies have equipped the licensed test cars with hardware and software for autonomous driving.

The Audi China Research and Development Center will launch an additional development and testing center in Wuxi in the first quarter of 2019. In the long term, around 150 employees will support the tests for autonomous and connected driving on site.

Audi already participated in the “2017 World Internet of Things Exposition” in China and was the first car manufacturer in China to demonstrate the vehicle-to-everything function Traffic Light Information.


Franziska Queling
Corporate Communications