The Audi AI:me is one of the surprises that the German automobile manufacturer has in store for Shanghai 2019, one of the biggest motor shows in Asia. According to teaser sketches released this week, the concept car is likely to be sporty, with a low-slung hatchback and a large panoramic glass roof, says Motor Authority.
It isn’t this first time that Audi has produced a futuristic concept car. In 2017 it unveiled the Audi Aicon at Frankfurt Motor Show. The Aicon design and concept form the basis of the firm’s self-driving cars that they will start trialling in 2021. The Aicon is a fully electric, fully self-driving car devoid of a steering wheel and pedals, and Audi envisions a future where the vehicle can be hailed for rides in busy urban environments. As Motor Authority points out, “Urban environments with highly detailed maps is where Audi’s first self-driving cars will venture” while testing its pilot fleet.
Journalists noted that while the Aicon doesn’t have a steering wheel or pedals, the AI:me does have them, suggesting that drivers still have a role to play with this car.
Motor Authority also points out, “While the AI:me concept most likely won’t lead to any production model, its design is thought to hint at future styling themes for the brand with the four rings.”
The Audi AI:me will be joined by the Audi Q2 L e-tron at the Shanghai show. This is an electric version of the Q2 compact crossover that the firm has been testing and will be sold exclusively in China. The Q2 is based on Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform. The same platform is found in the Volkswagen Golf, suggesting that the electric powertrain pegged for the Q2 L e-tron could be related to Volkswagen’s e-Golf.
The Shanghai Motor Show starts on 16th April.