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Audi has re­vealed how re­cent ad­vances in ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence are shap­ing its vi­sion for the car of the fu­ture with the un­veil­ing of two high­tech mo­bil­ity con­cepts, the Elaine and the Ai­con.

The electric-pow­ered Elaine SUV and Ai­con sa­loon have been cre­ated to show­case tech­nolo­gies be­ing de­vel­oped by Audi for in­clu­sion on up­com­ing pro­duc­tion mod­els while pro­vid­ing clues to how driver­less cars may look.

They are de­scribed as the most ad­vanced yet un­der­taken by Audi. Their as­sis­tant sys­tems draw on ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, the lat­est in-ma­chine learn­ing and car-to-in­fra­struc­ture com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy to net­work them with traf­fic plan­ners and other road users. The tech­nol­ogy aims to give oc­cu­pants more free­dom and time for them­selves by pro­vid­ing fully au­ton­o­mous driv­ing func­tions.

Audi said the car will be­come “more and more a third liv­ing space along­side our home and work­places. Ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence will re­lieve strain and of­fer new pos­si­bil­i­ties to use the time spent in the car”.

The Elaine shows how ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence will in­flu­ence the next gen­er­a­tion of Audi mod­els with Level 4 au­ton­o­mous driv­ing tech­nol­ogy. It in­cludes a re­mote park­ing func­tion that al­lows the driver to step out and watch as it parks it­self in a multi-storey garage or po­si­tions it­self in a bay for the recharg­ing of its bat­tery.

The Ai­con looks fur­ther into the fu­ture with an in­te­rior de­void of a tra­di­tional cock­pit, steer­ing wheel and ped­als. In­stead, it of­fers a lounge-like en­vi­ron­ment with the very lat­est in dig­i­tal in­fo­tain­ment and com­mu­ni­ca­tion so­lu­tions. It in­cor­po­rates Level 5 au­ton­o­mous driv­ing tech­nol­ogy that, Audi says, will bring about a dra­matic re­duc­tion in road ac­ci­dents.

Elaine: Level 4 au­ton­o­mous tech Ai­con: EV sa­loon with no steer­ing wheel or ped­als

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