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    Audi and Somo Rev up Goodwood Festival of Speed Experience

Audi UK has teamed up with Somo, the world’s largest independent mobile solutions company, to create groundbreaking experiences for fans at the Goodwood Festival of Speed using Google Glass, Oculus Rift, and more technologies leading today’s connected world.

At Europe’s leading motor event, Audi will showcase its range of cars to racing fans, car fanatics and potential Audi owners. Leading with the latest in mobile, wearable, and virtual reality technology, Audi and Somo have developed captivating experiences for fans both at the event and participating remotely via social channels.

With Oculus Rift, visitors to the moving motor show will truly feel as if they are whizzing around a hot lap of the world-renowned Silverstone circuit driven by three times Le Mans Winner Allan McNish. Guests will be completely immersed within the interior of either an R8 or RS 6 whilst racing competitors along this historic circuit using the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.

Igniting the competitive spirits of test drivers at the quattro off road area, the ‘King of quattro’ app will enhance the experience within the five quattro models available for visitors to drive. The app will record drivers’ key statistics as they complete their laps using the iPad’s internal gyroscope and accelerometer to monitor acceleration and braking. Each lap will be scored with the winner of each day presented with a special Audi prize.

In a pioneering use of Google Glass, an Audi fan chosen through an ‘Audi VIP’ competition on Twitter will bring Audi’s Vorsprung durch Technik proposition to life, streaming a first-hand experience of Goodwood via social media. Throughout the day, the fan will field questions, carry out tasks and respond to comments posted by the Audi UK online community on Twitter using a Samsung Gear 2 smart watch. More details about the VIP experience can be found in this video.

Along with a host of further digital experiences on the main stand, these collaborative initiatives create deep engagement for fans both at the event and remotely, making Audi one of the most technologically advanced brands at this year’s event.

Hugh Fletcher, National Digital Manager, Audi said: “ We’re really excited about some of the technology on show at this year’s Festival of Speed. With Vorsprung durch Technik at the core of the Audi brand, and through some cutting edge digital products like Google Glass and Oculus Rift, we want to give our fans and owners the best experience possible, whether they’re at the Festival or whether they’re following from home.”

Carl Uminski, Somo COO and co-founder, added: “Goodwood is the place to showcase the very latest in technological advancement and Audi is dominating by incorporating exciting new platforms such as Google Glass and Oculus Rift. Together, we’ve brought these technologies to real life allowing Audi fans to get closer to the cars they love than ever before.”

About Somo:

Somo (www.somoglobal.com) is the world’s largest independent, full-service mobile solutions company, with a mission to help businesses make sense of the complex, fragmented and changing connected world to increase sales, develop customer engagement and enhance productivity.

The company has three focused business units, linked by a world-class strategy and innovation team:

  • Custom product development
  • Connected customer marketing
  • Products and platforms

Somo has built some of the most innovative and creative products in the market and run some of the most successful campaigns for brands all over the world such as Audi, De Beers, BP, New York Times and AirAsia Expedia. Founded in 2009, the privately-held company of more than 180 employees is based in London and has offices in New York, Singapore, Berlin, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

www.somoglobal.com
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