Red carpet. Huge screen. reclining seats.
Add in overpriced popcorn and you’d think I was describing the VIP lounge at your local Cineworld.
But I’m not. I’m talking about a car.
A self-driving “living space” for the megacities of tomorrow.
It’s electric, of course, and quattro all-wheel drive. So it will be quick.
And it is size XXXL. The largest concept car that Audi has ever dreamed up is 5.5 m long.
Which is a bit confusing when you think about it.
They say that by 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population will be city dwellers.
But here we have an oversized, overpowered four-person rocket ship weaving through a crowded city.
Makes sense right?
I’m also not a fan of self-driving cars.
Would you really trust a robot car to take your kids to school? Me neither.
My internet regularly craps on its own without anyone going near the router.
Then there are the legalities of autonomous cars, privacy, hacking, and the fact that computers just can’t respond to a million different scenarios the way the human brain can.
I doubt you will be able to buy a car without a steering wheel in my lifetime.
Right, back on topic.
This concept called Urbansphere is the third of three “Vision Cars” of the Four Rings.
Last year, Grandsphere teased the next A8 sedan and we also saw Skysphere, a two-seat roadster. The next R8? Possibly. The R8 successor will drive purely electrically.
Urbansphere doesn’t hint at a giant MPV – thank goodness. Bosses were quick to tell us that this car was “systematically designed from the inside out.”
I can see a fold down cinema screen being offered in future sedans.
I’m also not a fan of self-driving cars. Would you really trust a robot car to take your kids to school? Me neither.
The BMW i7 is similar.
Here, too, Audi is experimenting with wood, wool and synthetic fabrics. Bamboo is used in the armrests.
In addition, each seat has its own “sound zone” with headrest speakers and a control panel on the doors.
It’s also worth noting that Urbansphere uses the same power tool kit as the upcoming Q6 e-tron, A6 e-tron and Porsche Macan.
That means a 120kWh battery, two electric motors – one on each axle – and a range of 466 miles.
Mega-fast 800V charging can add 186 miles in just ten minutes.
Pretty much everything else is show car tinsel: the swing-out doors, the folding steering wheel, and the carpet of red light projected onto the floor.
However, Audi is at the forefront of lighting technology and we’ll see matrix LEDs in the grille become a thing in the future.
Both for communication with other road users and for personalization.
The spotlights can even project moving images onto the wall like a video projector.
They clearly like drive-in theaters.
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8682792/audi-concept-car-video-headlights/ The self-driving concept car from Audi features headlights with a video projector and a folding steering wheel