Audi will launch an autonomous cars in three yearsJune 5, 2018
The German company will develop a serial version of the large electric car Aicon, which turned out to be longer than the flagship sedan A8
Company Audi will launch a fleet of its own unmanned vehicles by 2021. This was stated by the head of the German brand Rupert Stadler at the presentation of the new flagship crossover Q8, reports Auto Express.
The launch of a fleet of cars with automatic control will be timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the famous advertising slogan Vorsprung durch Technik (“Promotion through Technology”), which appeared in 1971.
Serial UAV Audi will perform in accordance with the concept of the prototype Aicon, shown in the fall of 2017 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The length of the four-door experimental vehicle with landing formula 2 + 2 was 5444 mm – about 200 mm more than the extended version of the new generation A8 sedan. The size of the wheelbase of the prototype is 3470 millimeters.
Audi Aicon received a system of autonomous control of the fifth level – the novelty completely lacks external controls. Electronic control systems are responsible for controlling the car, so that passengers “will be able to engage in any business while driving, without being distracted by the road.”
In addition, the Audi Aicon does not have traditional optics, since light devices are replaced by a system of sensors and sensors that help the car to navigate in space.
In this case, the prototype is equipped with a special searchlight, highlighting the road and road signs for other traffic participants, if necessary. In addition, on board the car there is a small drone, designed to highlight the way passengers, if they leave the car in the dark.
Audi Aicon is powered by four electric motors that transmit traction to each of the wheels. In total, the aggregates produce 355 hp and 550 Nm of torque.