Two of the concept cars exhibited at the show were the fully autonomous Audi Aicon and the Audi Elaine. The former is a perfect glimpse into the future. It has suicide doors that open into a futuristic cabin with no steering wheel or even pedals. Yes, you read that right! What one has to do is just lie back, relax in a lounge kind-of cabin while the car will drive itself. And while the popular perception is that such concepts do take a while or never see the light of the day, Audi promises it will be here sooner than one hopes. This futuristic and fully-electric self-driving car is expected to be there on the roads by 2021, delivering 700-800km of range on full charge. Now, doesn’t that sound impressive?
The Elaine, on the other hand, was out hiding away from the people initially. Later it was driven into the exhibition area, thus hinting at how close it is to production. This one's got a steering wheel and pedals, but it still does feature a lot of autonomous tech powered by AI – Audi intelligent technologies. For example, this level four self-driving car can drop you at a mall or drive itself to a car wash or an electronic charging post and park itself. Now, that's quite a fascinating preview of a forthcoming all-electric Audi production model.