Audi’s self-driving e-tron electric concepts: Aicon (Level 5) and Elaine (Level 4) at Frankfurt

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Frankfurt Motor Show

The 2017 Frankfurt Motor Showed offered a very specific

ethos this year: electric and self-driving cars.

Many automakers used the

bright lights and gleaming

stands to reveal their interpretation

of a future with all-electric

and driverless vehicles.

Audi was not absent from the theme.

The German luxury brand debuted two e-tron

electric-car concepts,

the Audi Aicon and Audi Elaine.

Both are battery-electric vehicles,

though they

differ in self-driving technology.

 

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Aicon

The Aicon is a fully-autonomous level 5 vehicle,

while the Elaine resides at level 4 on the self-driving car scale.

The scale measures to a maximum of 5,

which means the Aicon is a true

the hands-off driverless car

where occupants need not be

involved with driving at all and can

do anything, including sleeping.

There are no pedals, no steering wheel,

or other familiar driver controls in the Audi Aicon,

shows the world of tomorrow

which the brand says “shows the world of tomorrow.”

Without the need for a driver,

the cockpit follows a design motif

a design motif seen in other self-driving cars:

a lounge-like cabin with two single-person

seats (or chairs) and a bench seat (or couch?).

(or chairs) and a bench seat (or couch?).

BUT

The front seats rotate to allow passengers

to converse with those behind them.

As for the electric powertrain, Audi claims the

Aicon boasts 348 horsepower and

405 pound-feet of torque from four electric motors.

The maximum range is given as 500

miles on a single charge, and the battery pack

of undisclosed capacity can be

recharged to 80 percent in

30 minutes via an 800-volt charging system.

While the Aicon looks further into the future,

the Audi Elaine concept is more “here and now.”

BUT

The Elaine is clearly using an adaptation of the

Audi e-tron Sportback’s production body,

which the brand has confirmed for

a 2019 production date.

The brand also provided much

more context for the Elaine concept,

including its level 4 self-driving capabilities.

 

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source link: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1112710_audis-self-driving-e-tron-electric-concepts-aicon-level-5-and-elaine-level-4-at-frankfurt

 

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