Audi doesn’t specify exactly when you’ll be able to summon this AI
Unlike the 2017 AIcon concept (AI is Audi’s autonomous sub-brand), which focused on long-range journeys and ditched the steering wheel altogether for level 5 autonomy, the AI
First of all, it’s big. Bigger than an A3 despite the same footprint on the road—you can thank shorter overhangs and a longer wheelbase for that. It has magnetic cupholders and plate holders so you enjoy a meal on the move...using metal crockery stolen from a prison canteen. Feel a food coma coming on? Stretch out using the footrests under the dash, and just stare at the actual plants growing from the “pergola” in the back.
Snoozing shouldn’t be a problem, thanks to noise-cancellation tech through the speakers, or if you need entertaining, don a pair of VR goggles to watch a movie, browse the Internet, or transplant the car into an interactive fantasy landscape—such as the slopes of an erupting volcano, or a field of daisies, depending on your danger threshold.
From the outside, 23-inch wheels and rear-hinged doors offset mini-MPV proportions, while LED lights that stretch right over the wheel arches warn pedestrians of your imminent arrival. It can even project images onto the road or surrounding walls, to let an old lady cross the road.
Audi knows that once cars become our self-operating slaves, customers are unlikely to own one outright, relying on ride-share apps instead. The advantage of that is you’ll be able to pre-configure your destination, lighting, and entertainment demands before the car
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.