Audi will display a selection of its new technology including the automated AI:ME vehicle at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
Originally described as “a visionary mobility concept for the megacities of the future”, the fully automated Audi AI:ME uses occupant eye tracking via virtual reality goggles to communicate with the car. It can perform feats such as ordering a favourite food, provide a virtual flight across a mountain landscape, or create the optimal environment for relaxing travel.
Dimensionally, the concept is 4.3m long, 1.9m wide and 1.5m high with a 2.7m wheelbase. For context, it’s in the vicinity of the A3 Sportback.
The concept wears e-tron badging and uses a 65kWh battery pack to power a rear-axle motor that Audi says will provide 125kW. The brand hasn’t announced torque and driving range figures.
Also on show is a car that thinks for itself and can display empathy. Through the “Audi Intelligence Experience" the car gets to know its user and their habits. It then uses intelligent functions combined with artificial intelligence to increase passengers' safety, wellbeing, and comfort.
Another display will demonstrate some tech that is already a reality, the navigation arrow that points exactly into the side road where the destination is located. Audi developed the technology with Samsung. It operates by generating two views of each picture: one pixel for the left eye and the neighbouring pixel for the right eye. The image appears to be floating at a distance of 8 to 10 meters ahead which means the driver does not need to refocus on the screen.
There will also be a demonstration of on demand which uses a 15cm by 122cm screen partially embedded into the instrument panel. It consists of two layers, one a transparent OLED display and the other a black layer for a particularly deep shade of black.
Audi will also exhibit the third-generation modular infotainment platform, MIB3. It is claimed that the system operates ten times faster than the predecessor and provides significant improvements in terms of route planning and traffic forecasts.
Visitors to the show will also get a look at a near-production ready version of the Q4 e-tron concept and the e-tron Sportback.
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