- The Ai:ME is Audi’s take on future mobility in megacities.
- Comes with Level 4 autonomous driving credentials and new age features for communication, and entertainment.
Audi has taken the wraps off the all-new Ai:ME concept which will debut at the 2019 Auto Shanghai. The Ai:ME is the mobility concept for the megacities of the future, believes the carmaker. It has compact dimensions, Level 4 autonomous driving, and all the new age connected and entertainment features.
The Ai:ME follows the PB18 E-tron concept – which is likely to spawn the new R8 – and hints at a futuristic A3 in terms of appearance. The design is akin to the Aicon and Elaine concept cars including dimensions of 4300x1900x15200mm and a wheelbase of 2700mm. To put things in perspective, it measures exactly the same as the Volkswagen ID Concept and Seat el-Born EVs, both of which are based on the VW Group’s MEB electric platform. The Ai:ME is propelled by a single electric motor with an output of 167bhp driving the rear axle and is fed by a 65kWh underfloor battery pack.
Since the Ai:ME is Level 4 ready, the cabin is futuristic by every stretch of the imagination. The steering wheel can be replaced by augmented reality controls which also take care of the connected technologies. There are wooden panels seen all around the cabin and there are even plants growing out of the dashboard and on the panoramic roof.
The Ai:ME is the third concept after the 2017 Aicon and the 2018 PB 18 concepts, and will be joined by another new concept later this year. This will complete Audi’s family of futuristic vehicles which will roll out in a decade’s time.