Self-driving Audi plugs into future
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