Innovation & Technology: Urban Future by Audi at Design Miami

German car manufacturers Audi showcased their vision for future urban mobility during Design Miami last week. 

First unveiled for the Audi Urban Future Award last year, the exhibition featured the Audi A2 concept ‘driverless’ car and a three-dimensional, LED surface envisaged and created by architectural practices BIG, Kollision and Schmidhuber & Partner, and provided a glimpse into the ways humans and cars could interact ‘digitally’ within public spaces in the not too distant future.

3D cameras above the installation tracked the movement of visitors as they walked around the stand; meanwhile the exhibition car emitted digital arrows to show its potential driving path.  This information was then processed into data and fed back into the LED panels creating a continuous flow of real-time visual information, enabling the pedestrians and the car to continuously maneuver around the space simultaneously in a safe manner.

“We believe that infusing the surface of the city with information technology will create a new kind of true shared space – a condition similar to a public square, added Andreas Klok Pedersen, partner at BIG.

“In a single day, the function of the street may alternate multiple times between entirely pedestrian, vehicular, or even recreational functions.”

The initiative aims to establish a synergy between mobility, architecture and urban development, and every two years the competition invites a handful of renowned architectural firms to develop new perspectives for sustainable living and compete for the Audi Urban Future Award – creating ideas and concepts that are fed back into the Audi company.

Watch the project video from Design Miami here.  Additionally, check out our recent Futurist report on Cars of the Future for groundbreaking concepts in car innovation.  – Samantha Fox

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