• Multiple functions in 16 urban scenarios: Audi China Research and Development
(R&D) takes next steps towards automated driving
• Strategic R&D approach ‘In China, for China’ demonstrates Audi’s future forward
thinking to develop new connectivity technologie s
• The Four Rings continue successful local collaboration with high tech companies
and government authorities in Wuxi
Wuxi, September 6, 2019 – Audi China takes its next steps towards automated driving with new intelligently connected driving functions in 16 urban scenarios. The functions in the tested use cases are based on LTE-V2X technology. The enabling of real-time data transmission of intelligent information exchange between cars and infrastructure at a higher speed reduces latency, and optimizes safety, efficiency and comfort for the Audi customer. Audi will demonstrate this predevelopment project as part of its presence at the "World Internet of Things Exposition 2019" from September 7-10th. It is the third year that Audi is cooperating with the city of Wuxi, a model urban environment for connected traffic in eastern China.
During the demonstration in Wuxi, participants can experience Audi’s latest China-specific technologies. These new functions each contain new levels of complexity management. They include responsive traffic light information, with red light warning and collaborative next generation adaptive cruise control which enables vehicles to directly communicate with each other and use an intersection passing boost. Furthermore, there are functions such as in-car parking information, and payment solutions enabled by the new generation of Audi connect.
“This year more of our V2X functions have evolved from information display to active control. In many cases we have also moved forward from a demo concept to a serial development status test scenario,” says Alexander Pesch, Head of Automated Driving, Audi China.
Together with local high-tech development partners such as Huawei, China Mobile and Horizon Robotics, Audi China has equipped its licensed test cars with hardware and software for automated driving. Cooperation with local authorities such as the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), Traffic Management Research Institute (TMRI) of the Ministry of Public Security and the Wuxi traffic police enables Audi to collect learnings and data in real-life scenarios on a large urban public road network with connected infrastructure.
“Learning from the most complex urban road conditions is crucial to prepare automated driving technology for series car implementation. The streets of Wuxi are like our textbooks for getting these learnings,” explained Dr. Thomas Müller, Head of Volkswagen Group R&D China and Head of R&D Audi China. “Innovations developed in China will be the basis for self-driving cars. Our strategic R&D approach of ‘In China, for China and the world’ demonstrates Audi’s future-forward thinking to develop new technologies that exceed our customers’ expectations.”
Audi is the first car manufacturer in China to demonstrate the vehicle-to-everything Traffic Light Information technology. The Four Rings is also the first international car manufacturer to receive a test license for automated driving (level 4) on public roads in Wuxi. The company also obtained an automated driving test license for Beijing.
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