Audi and the Berlinale present exciting arrivals and future perspectives on the Red Carpet

“The Berlinale Open House Program provides the ideal hub for everyone who is fascinated by future perspectives from the fields of cinema, culture, business and society, and who wants to experience new event formats,” says Hubert Link, Head of Marketing Deutschland at AUDI AG. The interplay of technological and social innovations, the language of light as a medium of design, and the wide range of topics around connectivity are just some of the themes that will be discussed with high-profile experts and a variety of guests. The think-tank Audi Denkwerkstatt Berlin, for example, along with other experts is putting the spotlight on the development of prototypes in the fields of film and mobility. The UN climate ambassador and Audi Formula E racing driver Lucas di Grassi will also speak on a panel about sustainability.

Alongside these talks and discussions, the program also includes an abundance of sensory and participative elements for visitors: with “electric yoga”, for example, they can refuel with new energy and start the day full of vigor. In the evenings, the glass pavilion becomes a magnet for music fans. A mix of DJs and live acts such as the scintillating artist Leopold, the indie/rock duo Gurr and techno beats from Tiefschwarz will ensure an electrifying atmosphere during the Berlinale Lounge Nights. The emotional highlight of the Berlinale, the awarding of the Golden and Silver Bears, will also be relayed live to the Audi Berlinale Lounge on Marlene-Dietrich-Platz. Nina Sonnenberg aka Fiva will be the moderator for this special evening in the Lounge. She is this year’s host of the Berlinale Open House program. The entire program in the Audi Berlinale Lounge, freely accessible to the public, can be seen at www.audi-berlinale.de/programm or www.berlinale.de/berlinaleopenhouse.

Carlo Chatrian, the new Artistic Director of the Berlinale, is delighted that “in the jointly conceived Berlinale Open House formats, current topics from the Berlinale program are addressed and linked to relevant cultural, business and social aspects.” He and Mariette Rissenbeek, the new Executive Director of the Berlin International Film Festival, will be driven in an Audi e-tron* to their many engagements before and during the eleven-day festival.

The Berlin International Film Festival is a forum where bold and unconventional film makers meet. They actively shape changing times and confidently chart new courses. With the Audi Short Film Award, the car manufacturer from Ingolstadt has promoted talented directors of short films since 2015. This award for experimental cinematic art, with prize money of €20,000, will be presented at the official Award Ceremony of the 70th Berlinale on 29 February. “In short films we often see the radically new approaches that are needed to push innovation ahead. This progressive attitude is reflected at Audi,” says Hubert Link. For the anniversary, a number of films that won the Audi Short Film Award will be screened in the Audi Berlinale Lounge: “Planet ∑” by Momoko Seto (2015), “Solar Walk” by Réka Bucsi (2018) and “Rise” by Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca (2019).

For the 70th anniversary, Audi has also designed the popular festival bag once again and produced 27,000 bags. For the first time, moreover, the Audi e-tron can be purchased as a model car in the Berlinale design in a limited edition in the festival shop and at Audi City Berlin.

Organizational notes
The Audi Berlinale Lounge is open to the public with free admission from 20 to 29 February.
The opening hours are:

  • 20 February 7:00 pm-midnight
  • 21, 22, 24-28 February 2:00 pm-midnight
  • 23 February 3:00 pm-midnight
  • 29 February 2:00-8:00 pm

Please refer to www.audi-berlinale.de/programm or www.berlinale.de/berlinaleopenhouse for the full program and further information about participating in the interactive formats.

All relevant press releases about Audi at the Berlinale can be found in the Audi Media Center: www.audi-mediacenter.com/de/berlinale-297

During the 70th Berlinale we will also make available up-to-the-minute photos of arrivals on the Red Carpet and events in the Audi Berlinale Lounge.

Consumption values of the models named above:
(Fuel consumption, CO2 emission figures, and efficiency classes given in ranges depend on the tire/wheel sets used)

Audi e-tron:
Combined electric energy consumption in kWh/100 km: 24,3 – 21; Combined CO2-emissions in g/km: 0

Audi A8 TFSI e:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 2,6 – 2,5; Combined electric energy consumption in kWh/100km: 21,2 – 20,8; Combined CO2-emissions in g/km: 60 – 57

Audi A7 Sportback TFSI e:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 2,1 – 1,8; Combined electric energy consumption in kWh/100km: 18,1 – 16,6; Combined CO2-emissions in g/km: 48 – 40

Audi Environmental Foundation honors young thinker for Master’s thesis on handling climate change

Dayana Ramirez Gutierrez wrote her master’s thesis as part of the EU research project “PHUSICOS.” The project examines the development and acceptance of nature-based solutions involving natural resources for adapting to climate change in Europe’s rural areas. Ms. Gutierrez addressed the question as to how the knowledge of various stakeholders can be bundled and utilized. The aim is to incorporate the knowledge of the region held by local residents, experts, and other stakeholders into the process of shaping the environment and to thereby ensure a higher level of acceptance. The young Columbian also highlights the challenges that arise when involving various stakeholders in environmentally relevant decision-making-processes. Living laboratories in the pilot regions in Norway, the Pyrenees, Italy, Austria, and Germany use the theoretical groundwork established by Gutierrez to co-design their climate protection solutions.

The Audi Environmental Foundation has been supporting young scientists whose ideas make valuable contributions to resources management since 2009. “Dayana Gutierrez takes a descriptive and creative approach to addressing a problem that concerns us all. By pointing out how local residents must be approached and involved in order to implement nature-based solutions, she creates a basis for developing concrete programs,” says Rüdiger Recknagel, Managing Director of the Audi Environmental Foundation.

Audi networks with traffic lights in Düsseldorf

Audi Traffic Light Information consists of two functions: Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory (GLOSA) and Time-to-Green. GLOSA calculates the ideal speed for getting a “green wave”. For example, if the function indicates the applicable speed limit, the next traffic light will be reached at green. Drivers do not have to accelerate unnecessarily, they are not stressed, and they drive more safely. GLOSA can also suggest reducing speed gradually about 250 meters ahead of the traffic lights so that the driver and the cars behind reach the intersection when the lights turn to green. This reduces uneconomical stop-and-go traffic.

If stopping at a red light is unavoidable, a countdown displays the seconds remaining until the next green phase begins (Time-to-Green). Drivers can relax, take their foot off the gas pedal and save fuel. A number of studies conclude that drivers move through cities more efficiently thanks to networked traffic lights. In a pilot project, Audi was able to reduce fuel consumption by 15 percent.

“With Audi Traffic Light Information we wish to improve convenience for drivers, increase traffic safety and encourage an economical style of driving that looks ahead,” says Andre Hainzlmaier, head of development for Apps, Connected Services and Smart City at Audi.
“To do this, we have to predict precisely how traffic lights will behave in the next two minutes. At the same time, exact forecasts are the biggest challenge. Most signals react variably to traffic volume and continuously adapt the intervals at which they switch between red and green.”

Audi and its project partner Traffic Technology Services (TTS) have developed a complex analytical algorithm that calculates exact predictions from three sources: from the control program of the traffic signals; from the real-time data of the traffic computer, a combination of road-occupation cameras, detector strips in the road surface, data on approaching buses and trams, and buttons that pedestrians press; as well as from historical data. The forecast algorithm improves itself continuously and learns how, for example, the traffic volume changes in morning commuter traffic or at midday when children leave nurseries and schools.

The Audi fleet plays a decisive part in optimizing the traffic light forecasts. “The cars send anonymized data when traffic lights are crossed to an Audi backend, which checks whether the actual crossings of traffic lights correspond to the forecast data. Only after this are the traffic lights cleared for the display in the car,” Hainzlmaier explains.

In future the cities, too, will receive useful information about their traffic light infrastructure. The data show, for example, whether cars stop unusually often at a particular intersection or whether the average waiting time is comparatively long. “We aggregate the recorded data into reports that we will make available to the city authorities. Traffic lights can then be given more efficient phasing and traffic will flow better.”

Audi Traffic Light Information premiered in 2016 in Las Vegas. Today this V2I service is available at more than 10,000 intersections in North America, including some 2,000 in Manhattan/New York City and more than 1,600 around the US capital Washington D.C. Audi is also the world’s first automotive manufacturer to network its series-production models with city traffic lights.

Audi Traffic Light Information operates in all Audi e-tron, A4, A6, A7, A8, Q3, Q7 and Q8 models that have been produced since mid-July 2019 (the “2020 model year”). The pre-requisites are the Audi connect Navigation & Infotainment package and the optional camera-based traffic-sign recognition.

Audi e-tron Charging Service: New price model and more favorable conditions at IONITY

The e-tron Charging Service is part of a broad-based offering for charging from Audi and currently provides access to the public charging infrastructure in 24 European countries. Audi’s proprietary charging card brings together more than 135,000 charging points operated by more than 400 different international providers. Along the highway, Audi’s proprietary charging card allows e-tron customers to charge their cars at the High Power Charging terminals of the IONITY network at special rates with the transit rate. There, the customer will pay only for the amount of energy actually drawn in future. The price of 31 cents per kilowatt hour corresponds to the average cost level for a charging process at a private home. At the same time, the energy comes from renewable sources, which is a key component of sustainable and environmentally friendly mobility. Additional High Power Charging (HPC) points operated by other providers round off the e-tron Charging Service for long-distance journeys.

Freedom to choose: Two rates

To cover individual charging needs, the e-tron Charging Service offers two different rates. The city rate is aimed primarily at urban commuters and is available for a basic fee of €4.95 per month. For each charging process, customers then pay €7.95 for AC charging (up to 22 kW) and €9.95 for DC charging (up to 50 kW), regardless of the charging duration and how much energy is drawn. Due to a high number of existing charging terminals that do not yet enable consumption-based billing in compliance with calibration laws, this session price guarantees that customers can use a large number of charging points at transparent prices. 

For drivers who regularly travel long-distance, Audi recommends the transit rate. This costs €17.95 per month, although a one-year waiver of the basic fee is granted for owners of a new Audi e-tron**. With the transit rate at 31 cents per kWh, customers benefit not only from better access conditions with IONITY but above all from higher charging capacities and short charging durations. There, the Audi e-tron charges with an output of up to 150 kW and is therefore ready for the next leg of its long-distance trip in around half an hour.

City rate*

Transit rate*

Basic fee

€4.95/month

€17.95/month

AC charging (up to 22 kW)

€7.95/charging process

€7.95/charging process

DC charging (up to 150 kW)

€9.95/charging process

€9.95/charging process

IONITY HPC (up to 150 kW)

IONITY ad-hoc price per kWh

Special price:€0.31/kWh

*Prices valid for the German market; minimum term: 12 months.

Freedom to travel: Standardized prices abroad too

Standardized, country-specific prices mean that you can travel freely and easily without having to constantly compare prices. Customers can also charge their cars abroad in – to date – 24 European countries with a contract. Audi customers will always pay the standard price (based on charging speed) in whatever country they are in – and without any extra roaming costs. Thus, a customer traveling in a foreign country can charge their car at exactly the same price as a local user. 

myAudi app: Easy to use

The myAudi app or Audi navigation system can help you to locate the nearest charging station. In addition to planning your route and activating the charging points that it finds, the myAudi app can also tell you whether or not the charging terminal is currently available for use. You can start the charging process using your Audi charging card or the myAudi app. Identification and billing are performed automatically in the background. The app also displays the current charge status of your car.

Contract: Easy and transparent  

To use the e-tron Charging Service, customers need to register once on the myAudi portal and conclude an individual charging contract. If necessary, your local Audi partner can help you to activate your contract. All charging processes are automatically billed together at the end of the month. You can use the myAudi portal or myAudi app to view your charging history and bills as well as manage your contract arrangements. 

The network coverage of the e-tron Charging Service is constantly growing. For more information about the network and country-specific market prices, visit https://e-tron.charging-service.audi/web/audi-gb

Fuel consumption of the models listed
(Information on fuel/power consumption and CO2 emissions in ranges depending on the chosen equipment level of the car.)

Audi e-tron 
Combined electric power consumption in kWh/100 km (62.1 mi): 26.6 – 22.4 (WLTP); 24.3 – 21.0 (NEFZ); Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 0

Strong weekend for Audi Sport at Daytona

After Audi Sport customer racing had won the GTD class at the Daytona 24-hour race in 2013 and 2016, the Audi R8 LMS was again competitive at the 2020 running of the long-distance classic in Florida (USA). Starting the race from sixth on the grid, the Audi R8 LMS run by WRT Speedstar Audi Sport, held its position in the top group of the class, which represented the largest contingent on the grid with 18 vehicles.

From the ninth hour, the #88 Audi R8 LMS was on a steady course for a podium place and took the lead of the class for the first time shortly after the halfway mark. An extended pit stop to change the brake pads and contacts with competitors cost the team precious seconds.

“The final phase of this exciting 24-hour race was very intense,” says Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. “The stable weather conditions and few caution phases allowed an unusually high pace during the race. To make it onto the podium is a great achievement. When you come so close to victory you might wish for more. But we can be proud of third place.”

“I am proud and happy,” said Mirko Bortolotti, who drove the last stint. “Many thanks to the entire Audi Sport customer racing team, WRT Speedstar Audi Sport and my teammates. They all did a fantastic job. We were in the lead several times, lost it, fought our way back and got everything out of our car. Unfortunately I couldn’t fight for victory in the end, but we’ll be back.”