Audi Packed An Electric Longboard Into Prototype Q3’s Bumper

Nobody likes to be stuck in a traffic jam, which is why Audi decided to modify the Q3 and integrate an electrically powered longboard into its rear bumper.

Cleverly hidden away, the carbon fiber and aluminum-made device will charge automatically, but for an optimum experience, Audi recommends connecting your smartphone to the crossover’s infotainment system, linking the calendar, as the tech will calculate the fastest route possible, using real-time traffic.

Why? Because if it detects that you will arrive at your destination faster using the longboard than the Q3, then it will recommend parking the vehicle and continuing the trip on the device, which has enough battery juice for more than 12 km (7 miles) and it can reach a top speed of 30 km/h (19 mph).

The electric longboard can be utilized in three riding modes: “scooter”, with the phone clipped to the unfolded handlebar to display directions and speed adjusted with a remote control attached to the right handlebar grip, “sport”, with the handlebar folded down, allowing the rider to control the speed via remote control in his/her hand, and a third mode, where the board serves as a transport device for shopping bags or luggage, following its owner connected wirelessly through a smartphone or smart-watch.

Audi’s conceptual electric longboard celebrated its world premiere at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, joined by the latest version of the Q3, produced in China and aimed at the local market.