20 Nov 2020
Navigating a driving route from A to B has a come a long way from having to thumb back and forth through a crumpled Singapore street directory or testing out your origami skills with a fiendish fold-up map. In the digital age, online maps can take us where we need to get to with a few taps of a screen or a simple voice command.
Audi has long been a pioneer of highly intelligent route management and the latest bespoke system in the fully electric Audi e-tron takes this to new levels of sophistication. What makes the e-tron route planner unique is that it caters to the specific needs of an electric car driver. It’s a practical tool designed to boost everyday usability, in other words. While the e-tron delivers a range of about 400km on a full charge – more than enough for the average weekly use in Singapore – with today’s busy lifestyles, there’s still much to be gained from calculating the optimal and charging time.
Installed as standard equipment, the e-tron route planner not only calculates the fastest routes based on driving style, traffic and road data, but it also displays public charging station information that is updated on a daily basis and cover charging capacity, payment and operator data, charging connections and available plug types.
Everything is seamlessly integrated into the Audi digital ecosystem. Drivers can read this information on the interior touchscreen or via the myAudi app. For longer journeys – if you’re driving an e-tron between cities in Australia or Europe, for example – when your destination is first entered, the duration of charging stops needed for the journey are automatically accounted for and incorporated into the total planned travel time.
Thanks to smart a new algorithm and enhanced computer power, this technology helps eliminate any lingering range anxiety when it comes to driving an all-electric Audi. The e-tron route planner prioritises HPC (high power charging) stations, indicates whether or not charging stations are vacant or occupied, and even considers alternative routes with better charging infrastructure when calculating the optimal travel time. For example, two short charging processes with high charging capacity may yield time-related advantages over one long stop with low charging capacity.
The intelligent assistant for electric drivers has arrived, but the innovation doesn’t stop here. The future is likely to see the service tailored even more closely to individual driver needs and preferences.
Map out your all-electric future with the Audi e-tron - available to pre-order below.
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