Self-driv­ing Audi plugs into fu­ture

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AUDI is pre­view­ing a fully au­ton­o­mous fu­ture with a pure-elec­tric con­cept at this week’s Frank­furt show. The Ai­con is a four­door 2+2 de­signed to dis­play fu­ture ex­te­rior styling and in­te­rior pack­ag­ing when ped­als and a steer­ing wheel are no longer needed.

At 5,444mm, it’s about 20cm longer than even Audi’s ex­tended-wheel­base A8 limo. And it’s thought that the car, which can travel around 500 miles on a sin­gle charge, demon­strates how Audi could use the VW Group’s all-elec­tric MEB plat­form, orig­i­nally pre­viewed by the Volk­swa­gen I.D. con­cept.

The show model sits on 26-inch wheels and does with­out con­ven­tional head­lights; in­stead, it has ‘eyes’ that can re­act to and in­ter­act with other road users.

The Ai­con has four elec­tric mo­tors, one on each wheel, pro­duc­ing a to­tal of 349bhp and 550Nm of torque.

Ai­con points to fu­ture Audi styling, and could sit on VW Group MEB elec­tric plat­form

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