At the 2019 edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show, Audi presented its AI:TRAIL Quattro, an autonomous all-terrain electric concept car.
With a length of 4.15 meters and a width of 2.15 meters, the Audi AI:TRAIL proudly displays its potential offroad.
The height of 1.67 meters and huge 22 inch wheels with 850 mm tires are all indicators of the excellent capabilities of the vehicle even when stationary.
With an impressive ground clearance of 34 centimetres, the AI:TRAIL can pass through rivers that are 50 centimetres deep.
As for the design, the windshield envelops the front of the vehicle like the cockpit of a helicopter. Passengers enjoy an unobstructed view of the road or trail, in front and to the sides. But the front and sides are not the only parts to be transparent and glazed. Almost the entire roof, from the top of the windshield to the rear spoiler, allows you to look at the sky and the landscape. Even the single-frame vertical grille is glazed, with only the four logo rings in their usual position, in the middle of a glazed octagon.
The body of the Audi AI: TRAIL is made of a mixture of steel, aluminum and high-tech carbon fibre. As a result, the car weighs only 1,750 kilograms despite its high capacity battery.
Rather original and futuristic, instead of low beam and high beam, the Audi AI: TRAIL is equipped with a total of five triangular rotor free electrically operated drones with built-in Matrix LED elements. These drones are able to land on a roof rack or directly on the roof of the vehicle and attach themselves to the inductive load elements.
These flying objects are Audi Light Pathfinders. Thanks to their lightweight design, they can fly over the AI: TRAIL, consuming relatively little energy, and illuminate the front path, completely replacing the headlights. If the client wishes, cameras on board generate a video image that can be transmitted to the screen in front of the driver over Wi-Fi, which means these Pathfinders are essentially eyes in the sky.
The interior of the Audi AI: TRAIL is sleek and spacious and includes only a few visible controls. At the rear, the seats are designed like hammocks which is a novelty.
Technically, the concept car is equipped with 4 electric motors and a Quattro transmission.
Autonomy was the priority of AUDI. The defined target of its lithium-ion battery is 400 to 500 kilometres on roads or simple off-roads. On rough terrain, where wheel spin is almost permanent and energy consumption higher, the limit is 250 kilometres. To make this possible, the vehicle is designed not to exceed 130 km/h on the road.
While automated driving is already well established in the rail and aviation sector, it is still at the threshold of feasibility in the automobile sector with autonomous driving. The Audi AI: TRAIL is designed to travel on roads up to level 4.
For autonomous road driving and assistance with driving on the trails, Audi offers us this AI: TRAIL Quattro, a vehicle that makes you want to live the adventure.