Audi Aicon concept promises up to 800 kilometers of autonomy in an accident-free
By: Fedora Atjeh | September 13, 2017
No steering wheel or pedals and only electric drive. So Audi sees the autonomous driving of the future, which has sculpted in the form of a sedan: the Audi Aicon. This concept with autonomy level 5 represents the end of the private property that we will see sooner or later and with a negligible nothingness of between 700 and 800 kilometers.
In the interior, the absence of a steering wheel and conventional dashboard give the sensation of traveling in a luxurious and diaphanous plane, in the four occupants can be illuminated by a dron when leaving the car. Audi imagines a future so idyllic that predicts the end of accidents, so occupants will not even need restraint or protection systems. We'll see it at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The Audi Aicon has been designed with reference to a future in which the autonomous driving will be fully integrated, as well as the infrastructures (there is still a section). "Even with moderate speed limits, long distances can be covered at a constant speed of about 130 km / h," says Audi. He adds: "Accidents will also be a thing of the past thanks to highly advanced sensor systems and networking. Occupants of a car like the Audi Aicon will therefore not need conventional retention or protection elements."
A vision that seems to us like little, visionary. In the area of propulsion, four electric motors in total are located in the area of the front and rear axles. The energy storage units are integrated under the floor of the cabin; are solid-case batteries with much more energy capacity than lithium-ion batteries.
The four engines produce a total of 260 kW (354 hp) and 550 Nm. Each one moves a wheel, allowing an integral quattro all-wheel drive, with electronic control. As for the autonomy, the Aicon throws big and promises between 700 and 800 kilometers with a charge of batteries in less than 30 minutes.
The car also equips an inductive charging system, without cables, and applies one or another charging system without the intervention of a driver. In an Audi AI Zone, you can access a charging station by yourself and recharge your batteries without human help.
With a dron that lights the way
The spectacular exterior is accentuated not only by the sporty design, but also by dimensions that exceed in distance between axles the long body version of the new Audi A8: length of 5,444 mm, width of 2,100 mm, height of 1,506 mm and one distance between axles of 3.470 mm.
It has glass front and rear surfaces, so that from the inside the views become panoramic. Prominent wheel arches underline Audi's quattro DNA, and the massive 26-inch wheels are positioned as far out as possible. As in the case of the Audi e-tron Sportback concept, the Aicon front shows the inverted hex grille Singleframe, a feature typical of the next generation of Audi electric models.
As for LED lighting technology, Audi remains unconventional and introduces digitized surfaces composed of hundreds of triangular pixels, which are repeated in 3D around the grid. So in the future Audi will have graphics, animations and informative visualizations in any color fully customizable.
Long-range headlamps are buried in oblivion because Aicon can see in the dark thanks to its laser and radar sensor system. But attention to what is coming now, because Audi has been thinking about those (very ... habitual) moments when you get out of the car in the dark: a flap lighting flies automatically, and a mini dron with a flashlight illuminates the walking distance of the user.
And here comes the epitome of futurism: light segments divided horizontally to the right and left of the Singleframe grille resemble eyes and can expand to simulate dilated pupils or narrowed eyes to give an aggressive look. If the car detects nearby people or other road users, it literally looks at them and follows them with their "eyes".
In addition, it uses animations on its communication surfaces to warn pedestrians or cyclists of dangerous situations.
The Audi Aicon has opposite doors that open one forward and the other backwards; therefore, there is no B-pillar. The absence of a steering wheel or a classic dashboard creates an enormous sense of transparency and turns the interior into a diaphanous space in which the chaise longue seats are turned to suitability in order to speak with the rest of passengers while being driven.
The interior is activated once the passengers enter and PIA, the electronic assistant, activates the personal configuration through the mobile of the user. Instead of an instrument panel, in front of them is placed a generous platform that acts as a shelf, with the central display under the windshield.
Depending on the position of the seats, passengers can use the large front display as an operating surface, or a head-up display projected onto the windshield. And what else? The glazed roof panels can block solar radiation, if desired, as their level of transparency changes with the application of certain electrical voltages.
If the visionary Audi Aicon is the future, we understand that it will be one that we will not get to see (only in Frankfurt). Maybe the next generations.