At the Frankfurt international motor show, Audi presented the concept of the AI: Trail quattro. In addition to the unusual design and smartphone as an on-Board computer, a unique feature of the car was the use of flying drones instead of traditional headlights.
AI: Trail quattro looks like a rover for riding on other planets. Huge windows are installed in it to increase the visibility of the driver and passengers. For driving on rough terrain, special wheels are used with the ability to change the pressure in the tires on the go to adjust the ride height (an increase of up to 6 cm is available).
AI: Trail quattro has a spacious interior with a minimum of elements. As an on-board computer and control panel, a smartphone is used, which is installed above the steering wheel. Interestingly, the rear-view mirrors, which are replaced by displays connected to the cameras, are located right inside the cabin.
The main feature of AI: Trail quattro is the rejection of traditional headlights. In the dark, the road “off-road vehicle” is lit by a “mini-army” of five flying drones that follow the car. True, it is not clear how Audi is going to achieve sufficient autonomy for drones. Apparently, this idea will soon become a reality.
AI: Trail quattro uses an electric motor to drive each wheel. The power of the SUV is 429 horsepower, and the torque is 1000 Nm. The battery located on the bottom of the battery lasts for 500 km on the highway and 250 km on rough terrain. The maximum speed is limited to 130 km/h.
Audi has no plans to release AI: Trail quattro. However, the company does not exclude that many designs and technical solutions of this concept can be used in a serial SUV, which will be released in 2030.
Another interesting announcement from the Frankfurt International Motor Show was the concept of the luxury electric car of the future Vision EQS from Mercedes-Benz.