A few weeks ago, Audi showed the first sketches of its electric and autonomous proposal for the Shanghai Motor Show , and now we can see it in its natural form. It is called Audi AI: ME and is a vision of mobility in megacities of the future , which proposes a spacious and futuristic interior.
This Audi AI: ME is designed for large cities and enjoys a level 4 autonomous driving , which means that the vehicle does not need any intervention by the “driver” as long as the car is in designated areas for this type of piloted driving. The fully automated level would be level 5 .
Level 4 is where the figure of the driver disappears as such when traveling by highways or urban roads prepared for this type of automation, and therefore with the necessary infrastructure. In any case, the Audi prototype keeps the steering wheel and pedals in its passenger compartment, although conveniently camouflaged behind an open-pore walnut deck. In addition, as the name suggests, the AI: I also resorted to artificial intelligence and machine learning and according to the manufacturer of Ingolstadt this car of the future will also be empathetic and able to interact with both the environment and its occupants and adapt to their preferences.
The model measures 4.3 meters long (2.77 meters correspond to the wheelbase), 1.90 meters wide and 1.52 meters high, so we speak of a compact the size of an Audi A3 Sportback . The interior configuration, which Audi calls 2 + x, offers multiple possibilities in terms of seat placement and cargo space, although it can only accommodate up to four occupants.
Among the possibilities offered include the footrest under the dashboard (for when the car drives by itself), various storage compartments, soft seats upholstered in cloth, cup holders with magnets to hold dishes or metal cups, etc … It also deserves mention vegetation , since for the first time there are plants in the interior of a car.
In addition, multimedia and vehicle communication systems are controlled using voice commands, touch surfaces technology and eye tracking . In addition, the content of the three-dimensional OLED screen can also be seen through virtual reality glasses that also allow watching movies, surfing the Internet, etc … There is also no audio equipment with noise cancellation to make the sound more silent. inside.
100% electric, of course
The zero emissions propulsion system has an electric motor located in the rear train and offers a power of 125 kW or 170 HP. More than enough considering that Audi ensures that the car will run most of the time between 20 and 70 km / h. The battery has a capacity of 65 kWh and the model promises a very low power consumption.
The body of the Audi AI: ME is made of high strength steel, aluminum and plastic compounds, and the suspension uses adaptive dampers . The huge tires, by the way, are 23 inches and according to Audi bring a sporty touch to their appearance.
Another important aspect is that the illumination function of the car lights goes into the background, since communication with other road users takes the lead through LED light surfaces and projectors integrated in the body and visible from any angle, capable of show easily recognizable symbols or project them on the road.