15.4.2019Audi unveils AI:me concept
The Audi AI:me has been launched at Auto Shanghai, with the compact EV showcasing autonomous driving systems and features aimed at urban driving.
Coming in smaller than the current A1 supermini, the AI:me has hints of the old A2 citycar to its design and efficient focus. A 65 kWh battery powers a 165 kW electric motor, and although range isn't quoted, Audi says there will be plenty to allow 'hours' of driving at speeds of between 12mph to 44 mph - typical city driving averages.
Automated driving systems are core parts of this model's make-up, and the AI part of the badge links to the car's artificial intelligence, learning how to deal with traffic even in megacities.
The AI:me seats four in comfort, including luggage, thanks to the flat floor and electric motor configuration, freeing up interior space. There are even plants in the rear to help purify the air inside, and the interior is designed to be relaxing even in rush hour traffic.
Although not earmarked for production currently, it looks as though the AI:me is based on the VW Group's MEB platform, and certainly shares certain elements with other group concepts confirmed for launch. Whether it becomes the smallest Audi available or not will remain to be seen.