Audi introduces longboard as part of green concept car
Audi's electric longboard is shown in this concept image. (Audi)
German premium carmaker Audi has become the latest company to turn its attention to getting drivers from their parked cars and onto their final destination, in the greenest way possible with a new concept making its debut at Auto China 2016 in Beijing.
The company calls it the Audi Connected Mobility Concept and it's based on a production Q3 compact SUV albeit one with greater digital integration with the owner's social and business life plus a clever electric long board stowed in the back.
The car's infotainment system analyzes information on the user's smartphone regarding appointments, schedules and routines, and calculates the best route based on real-time traffic and congestion alerts. If traffic jams are too intense, the car will find a suitable parking space and the owner will complete the journey on the longboard instead.
Built from carbon fiber and aluminum, the electric longboard is 1.05 metres long, has a 12-kilometre range and can hit speeds of up to 29km/h before the batteries need recharging. It sits in a special drawer under the car's rear bumper where it is kept on charge.
When needed, the drawer automatically slides out and the board can be used like a skateboard, with a dedicated hand-held remote control for activating the accelerator; or its handlebars can be raised so it transforms into a more traditional electric scooter.
As well as a throttle, the handlebars feature a backpack holder and a smartphone mount. When a handset is clipped in, information from the car's navigation system automatically syncs via an Audi app so that there's no chance of getting lost.
Covering all personal mobility bases, the longboard has a third mode -- acting as a trolley for transporting baggage. Put it on the ground, load it up with cases and then when wirelessly synced to a smartphone or smartwatch, Audi claims that the board will automatically follow you as you walk.
Over the past 12 months, a host of other car companies, including Ford, Volkswagen and Mini have demonstrated similar e-bike concepts aimed at helping drivers leave their cars at train station carparks or even at home. What makes Audi's stand out, apart from its ability to carry the shopping or luggage, is that it's the first to be physically integrated into a vehicle rather than simply stowed in the trunk.