This Audi off-roader uses flying drones to illuminate road, not headlights! Meet AI:TRAIL Quattro

ZeeBiz WebTeam | Sep 26, 2019, 07:13 PM IST

Audi is completing its quartet of visionary vehicles and will be at IAA 2019 to showcase an electric off-roader for the future of road transport: the Audi AI:TRAIL Quattro, a comprehensive concept for sustainable mobility off the beaten track. All four visionary use case vehicles—the Audi Aicon, AI:ME, AI:RACE and AI:TRAIL will be on show together at Audi’s stand in Hall 3 throughout the whole of IAA 2019.

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AI:TRAIL automated driving:

AI:TRAIL automated driving:

The four-seater Audi AI:TRAIL quattro combines the capacity for automated driving with superb off-road capabilities. The glass surrounding the cabin extends all the way to ground level, providing unrivalled all-round visibility. The ample battery capacity ensures sufficient range even away from dense networks of charging stations.

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AI:TRAIL capacity:

AI:TRAIL capacity:

The 3,858-pound AI:TRAIL concept has a horsepower of 429, according to Autoblog. It can also hit top speeds of 81 mph and has a range between 248 and 310 miles on paved roads and "easy off-road terrain." On rougher paths, the range drops to 155 miles.

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AI:TRAIL space:

AI:TRAIL space:

The vehicle also has features that make it more optimized for trail-travelling. For example, the two back row seats are designed to be hammocks that can be removed and used as portable outdoor seating. And instead of headlights, the AI:TRAIL relies on five LED drones that illuminate the trail.

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AI:TRAIL interior:

AI:TRAIL interior:

There also isn't a big-screen infotainment centre inside of the car. Instead, a smartphone mounted in front of the driver serves as the display and control centre screen for the car's functions and navigation.

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AI:TRAIL features:

AI:TRAIL features:

AI:TRAIL includes features such as removable hammock-like backseats and LED drones that fly ahead of the vehicle and illuminate the road, instead of headlights.