AU­TON­O­MOUS AND STU­PEN­DOUS

Torque (Singapore) - - NEWS -

Bat­ter­ies in­cluded, chauf­feurs ex­cluded, steer­ing wheels ejected – the Smart Vi­sion EQ Fortwo, Jaguar Fu­ture-Type Con­cept and Audi Ai­con be­long to the lat­est batch of au­ton­o­mous elec­tric ve­hi­cles, which will rev­o­lu­tionise the motoring land­scape in the decades ahead.

Smart’s Vi­sion EQ Fortwo (above) is a car-shar­ing con­cept, uh, car which re­lies on swarm in­tel­li­gence to lo­cate the near­est users and pick them up promptly. A sleek mo­bile gizmo sum­mons the two-seater and also con­trols its on­board fea­tures. A black panel within the front bumper shows the next des­ti­na­tion and even the name of the next pas­sen­ger. Jaguar’s Fu­ture-Type Con­cept (right) is an on­de­mand elec­tric ve­hi­cle with 2+1 “so­cial seat­ing” for up to three oc­cu­pants.

In the year 2040 or so, a fully charged fleet of these Jags could be part of the con­nected mo­bil­ity net­work and pro­vide au­to­mated ur­ban trans­fers us­ing the most time- and en­ergy-ef­fi­cient routes. The fu­tur­is­tic Jaguar’s party trick is a steer­ing wheel called Sayer, which runs on ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and func­tions as a multi-pur­pose per­sonal de­vice when de­tached from the dash­board. The Audi Ai­con (above) is one of the largest and most lux­u­ri­ous de­sign stud­ies in au­ton­o­mous motoring. The spec­tac­u­lar ex­te­rior dis­penses with con­ven­tional light­ing units, re­ly­ing in­stead on dig­i­tal pixel sur­faces, lasers and radars, and the car de­ploys a flash­light-equipped mini-drone to il­lu­mi­nate the walk­ing path of pas­sen­gers who exit the cabin in the dark. The four-door 2+2 in­te­rior of­fers a wrap­around “lounge” lay­out, first-class trav­el­ling com­fort and state-of-the-art con­sumer elec­tron­ics. The Ai­con is a prac­ti­cal tourer, too, with nu­mer­ous stor­age points in­side, plus 660 litres of com­bined cargo ca­pac­ity in the front and rear trunks.

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