If there wasn’t an eye-catching self-driving concept car on the Las Vegas Strip, cesis is not the consumer electronics show, and this year it’s Audi, according tomedia. The car company brought in a self-driving electric concept car called AI:ME. The self-driving electric hatchback, known as the “third living space,” is not only the prototype of the car of the future, but also what people no longer need to focus on when driving.
Audi’s vision is to create a “car with empathy” that will be able to understand users’ preferences and intuitively judge their needs and desires over time. Following AI:CON, AI:RACE and, more recently, AI:ME, a forejoins Audi’s AI series concept cars, which the carmaker refers to as Audi Smart.
On the most basic level, this may mean understanding the temperature, lighting and common routes that drivers might like. In addition, the combination of autonomous driving and personalization can make every way more effective. AI:ME also actively advises the driver to order at his favorite restaurant, as he no longer has to focus on the road and can instead choose food on a widescreen dashboard.
The display is one of many different interaction options deployed by Audi. This OLED panel uses augmented reality (AR) technology, which overlays information about hotels and restaurants on top of external highlights. Because it’s controlled through eye tracking, it means that people in the car can stare at the menu to make choices.
At the same time, VR goggles offer a ride experience that is completely different from the outside world. Like audi’s Holoride system, it maps scenes in real time to the movement of a physical car, so that the driving sensation doesn’t get out of step with what you see in VR.
AI:ME – Designed for the Future, Tailored for the City
While concept cars tend to be bulky, Audi’s AI:ME is another extreme. The carmaker opted for a sputer hatchback. It is reported that the concept car is only 14 feet long, 6 feet wide, its focus is on the car’s controlability and convenient urban environment. The interior maximizes the push of the wheel to the farthest corner, which results in a wheelbase of more than 9 feet.
The front seat is definitely the most popular place for passengers to sit, and this classic lounge chair-inspired seat provides considerable comfort. The rear seats are curved around the rear of the cabin and can accommodate up to two passengers. During the design process, Audi designers chose natural materials such as wood and a strong home design on the roof to enhance the “homely” aesthetic.
Of course, it’s still a concept car, so it’s important to incorporate elements that real-world cars are unlikely to use, such as wheels up to 23 inches in size, warning signs and messages to aI people and cars using discolored LEDs and micro-matrix projectors, or when the vehicle enters four-stage autonomous driving mode. The steering wheel and pedals in the car retract automatically.
For Audi production cars, more modest intelligence is needed
Like any concept car, Audi doesn’t give any timetable for aI:ME, but it shouldn’t look like it’s going to be any time soon.
In the future, people will rely more on technology to eliminate some of the traditional pain points in modern car ownership. Starting in mid-2020, for example, Audi will synchronize personal driver data from cars to the cloud. These profiles can already store up to 400 different parameters — from how the seat is adjusted to frequent destinations — and by cloud synchronization, they will be able to be loaded onto any vehicle used by the driver.
At the same time, the key is to upgrade — or, more accurately, replace. Audi plans to use the myAudi smartphone app and Bluetooth technology to allow its cars to remotely identify drivers, so drivers can unlock doors without having to carry keys.