Audi is making a fleet of autonomous Aicon cars

Last Updated: February 13, 2019By Tags: , , , , , ,

The level 5 Audi Aicon will be the basis for the company’s first autonomous test fleet by 2021, according to boss Rupert Stadler. That will be 50 years of “Vorsprung Durch Technik,” which fittingly means “advancement through technology.”

At 214 inches long, the self-driving Aicon is 9 inches longer than a long-wheelbase A8. This allows for a large interior with no dash, steering wheel or instruments and with front seats more like lounge chairs, able to swivel 15 degrees.

The Aicon will get two electric motors with about 350 hp total

Audi says it should be good for about 500 miles of range. It should also get a comfy air suspension and four-wheel steering for tight spots.

Inside, there’s no steering wheel, just a wraparound display that we’re guessing handles everything from climate to navigation to media and entertainment. That bleeds into Audi’s philosophy behind the car: The company wants the Aicon to act as a third living space, in addition to your home and work. Audi also says it will find new ways to be more productive in the car, considering your hands and eyes can be free from driving. Get a couple more hours of work in during your commute, peasants!


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