Team AlpaKa from the Karlsruhe Research Center for Information Technology clinch the title

The 2018 winner of the cup was determined in three steps. In the compulsory section, the high-tech model cars prepared by the students – based on a scale 1:8 version of an Audi Q2 – had to perform driving tasks autonomously. For the first time, the participants had access to digital HD map material of the entire course. The teams then gave a scientific presentation of their individual solutions. This was followed by the open challenge, the third component of the competition, where each team made their vehicle perform a task of their choice as creatively as possible. This year, the judges were looking in particular for optimum connectivity and the use of artificial intelligence.

“I was really impressed by the students’ creativity and commitment. The young software developers have exactly what we will need for Audi in the future,” said Thomas Kamla, Head of Strategy and Innovation Management at AUDI AG, who presented the winner’s certificate and 10,000 euros in prize money at the Audi Forum Ingolstadt. Second place, with prize money of 5,000 euros, went to the Team frAISers from X the University of Freiburg. Team OptILmDriveX from the Technical University of Ilmenau came third, earning 1,000 euros in prize money. The overall winner AlpaKa also put up the best performance in the open challenge part of the competition. The students developed a car-to-car solution for unclear situations such as breakdowns. The software reports this information to a central office and to other vehicles with the objective of adapted intelligent traffic guidance.

The Audi Autonomous Driving Cup 2018 attracted an international line-up. Ten nominated university teams – including teams from the United Kingdom, Italy and Austria – had been supplied with the basic software and two model cars at a launch event in June 2018. For the test event in October 2018, five teams with identical model cars supplied by their departments were pitted against each other: high-tech model cars with front camera, reversing camera, laser scanner, and ultrasound and acceleration sensors.

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Factsheet: East Coast Integrated Depot | Press Room

The World’s First Four-In-One Depot

The East Coast Integrated Depot, to be built together with the Thomson–East Coast Line (TEL), is a first in the world to integrate three train depots and one bus depot within a single site. As depots occupy a lot of space and are costly, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) looks at alternative ways to build depots cost-effectively, without compromising land use.

With the East-West Line (EWL), Downtown Line (DTL) and TEL running in the vicinity of the depot site, LTA made use of the opportunity to optimise land use by stacking three train depots above one another. With such integration, 44 hectares of land, or an area of approximately 60 football fields will be saved in land-scarce Singapore.

The train depot complex comprises three levels. The DTL Depot is located underground, followed by the TEL Depot at-grade, and the EWL Depot elevated on the level above. The three train depots have been designed to operate independently of one another. Careful planning has been done for them to share the same layout so that MRT lines with different number of train cars[1] can be stacked on top of one another. The total stabling capacity of the integrated depot is around 220 trains.

East Coast Integrated Depot

Cross Section of Train Depots

The bus depot is an independent, four-storey structure located next to the train depots. The layout and location of the bus depot was planned to minimise land use. The workshops are located on the first level while parking bays for around 760 buses are planned on the second and third levels.

Cross Section of Bus Depot

The optimisation of land use on this site presents positive benefits on two fronts: Firstly, releasing valuable land for other uses and secondly, the stacked design of three train depots results in an efficient structural scheme that allows sharing of facilities. By designing a multi-storey depot, the same set of foundations and columns is shared among the three train depots, leading to structurally efficient and economical design. The co-location of the depots also enables cost savings through the centralisation and sharing of common facilities and systems.

The East Coast Integrated Depot is on track for completion in 2024.

[1] DTL uses three-car trains, TEL uses four-car trains and EWL uses six-car trains.


Clearly more power and fantastic sound: Audi drivers enthuse over turbo DTM

“The new DTM car has terrific muscle and momentum,” enthused Nico Müller who on Monday took the wheel on the first of the three test days. “The turbo engine has awesome thrust. We’re going to see speeds that the DTM has never seen before. The power boost is really noticeable. This is going to make even greater demands on us drivers. The car also looks really fast when you stand trackside. The sound is fascinating too. I definitely wouldn’t want to swap the turbo for the old V8 aspirated engine again.”

The two DTM Champions, Mike Rockenfeller and René Rast, expressed similar opinions following their first test kilometers in the new Audi RS 5 DTM: “As a race driver, you always welcome more power. The new car feels like a go-kart and is huge fun,” said Rast. “I love the turbo engine and am sure the fans are going to love it too,” Rockenfeller agreed. “The sound is great and the car a lot faster. We can all look forward to next year.”

The new Class 1 regulations coming into effect in the Japanese Super GT Championship in 2020 as well are ringing in a new era in the DTM in 2019 primarily in terms of technology. The previous naturally aspirated V8 engines will be replaced by newly designed racing engines with four cylinders, two liters of displacement plus turbocharging that deliver a good mix of output and efficiency. At Audi, particularly the four-cylinder two-liter turbo units are important internal combustion engines in production cars worldwide.

The turbos will not only provide the DTM with greater reference to production, as fans and drivers can look forward to a boost of nearly 100 horsepower. The TFSI engine of the 2019-generation Audi RS 5 DTM internally designated as “RC8” at Audi delivers some 600 horsepower.

Completely new as well is the car’s aerodynamics: the rear wing, underfloor, front and rear diffusor were redefined by the regulations for the 2019 season. At the same time, the engineers adapted the front end to the more compact turbo engine and its cooling requirements. Due to the clearly modified front airflow, the Audi RS 5 DTM sports an even more aggressive look at the fore than its successful predecessor model.

Awards for Audi in fall 2018

“Best of the Best” award in Spain: Audi e-tron is SUV of the Year
Publishing group Spainmedia singled out the fully electric powered Audi e-tron as best SUV of the year. Apart from the efficient drive technology, the premium character and the quality of the full-size SUV were particularly compelling. Spainmedia publishes the Spanish edition of the renowned luxury magazine “Robb Report” and presents its “Best of the Best” awards for products and services in twelve categories. These include watches, wines and cosmetics as well as the two automobile categories SUVs and new products. The field of entrants included more than 50 car models.
(October 2018)

German Car Awards 2019: second place for the new Audi A6
The new Audi A6 took second place in the German Car Awards 2019. 59 models with an entry-level price under 100,000 euros competed for the awards. All these models were launched over the past twelve months in Germany. A 14-strong jury tested five of them on public roads and on the Bilster Berg racetrack near Paderborn. The automotive journalists and experts assessed a total of 12 categories, including driving pleasure, safety, comfort, infotainment, design and quality. Once again the Audi A6 proved to be a balanced, versatile multitalent in the full-size class.
(November 2018)

“Best of Show”: Audi 100 Coupé S in “Great Wall” classic rally in China
This year participants clocked up more than 500 kilometers (310.7 mi) in the “Great Wall” classic rally in China, organized by German magazine Auto Bild. Three automobiles lined up on the starting grid for Audi China: an Auto Union 1000SP, an Audi 200 and an Audi 100 Coupé S. The coupé took the “Best of Show” award in the Yanqi Island Concours d’Elegance. Audi secured the runner-up slot in the team rankings for the rally.
(October 2018)

Audi R8: award from CNET in the United States
The CNET consumer portal awarded the Audi R8 V10 RWS Coupé (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 12.4 (19.0 US mpg); combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 283 (455.4 g/mi)) the “Editor’s Choice Award” in the “Roadshow” category. The 540-hp high-performance sports car scored 9.1 out of a possible ten points; the car also came away with 9.5 points in the two individual rankings of “Performance” and “Media.” According to the jury’s verdict, the rear-wheel drive takes the excellent R8 driving experience to a new level and turns the Audi R8 V10 RWS Coupé into an exclusive option. CNET tests and assesses high-quality products and uses its “Editor’s Choice Award” to single out the best product in a total of 20 different categories.
(October 2018)

Gold and Silver: “Q8 Unleashed” at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards
The Golden Dolphin for the best webisode of the year went to Audi. That was the jury’s verdict at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards. The five-part mini-series entitled “Q8 Unleashed” about a young couple from California came to life as part of the advance communications campaign for the world premiere of the Audi Q8. Produced in collaboration with Kropac Media GmbH, the series provided the first glimpse of the new SUV. In the “Best Integrated Communication” category, the Q8 Unleashed campaign was awarded Silver. Besides internal channels, the series was also shown on YouTube and Amazon Prime Video.
(September 2018)

Audi obtains top results in digital services: victories with Forrester study and Auto Bild
Vorsprung in the digital world: A study by IT research company Forrester Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts (United States) singled out Audi as the “Strongest Performer in European Automotive Websites.” Audi’s digital offerings stood out in particular for their user experience and superb functionality. Users receive tailored offerings and, in turn, excellent content support for their decision. Top spot also went to the Audi vehicle configurator with a test organized by Auto Bild in August, further testimony to the brand’s success. The large amount of information provided was especially compelling. The magazine also praised the “impeccable presence on the net.”
(September 2018)

Further press releases on awards are available in the Audi MediaCenter

Federal Office for Motor Traffic (KBA) approval: Audi to start recall of diesel models in Germany

“Our commitment is and remains to deal with the diesel crisis consistently and fully,” says Bernd Martens, Audi Board Member for Procurement and IT as well as head of the internal task force for dealing with the diesel crisis: “After detailed technical analyses we can now offer specific solutions to fully meet the technical requirements of the Federal Office for Motor Traffic. That way we aim to strengthen our customers’ trust.”

In the first wave, Audi A6 and Audi A7 Sportback models will be recalled into the workshops in Germany. This involves 31,200 vehicles powered by a 3.0 TDI engine with an output of 200 kW from the model years 2015 through 2018. A software module will be removed from the engine management system as part of the recall. This update is free of charge for Audi customers and will not adversely affect fuel consumption, CO2 emission figures, engine output, maximum torque, noise emissions or the durability of the engine and the exhaust aftertreatment system.

This software update is a mandatory recall. Audi will therefore contact all affected vehicle owners in Germany to request that they contact their workshop partner or dealer.

The first of the eight recall notices will be implemented on Wednesday. The other recalls will also start immediately as soon as they have been approved by the Federal Office for Motor Traffic. To this end, the company has submitted concrete solutions to the approval authority for consideration and for a decision.