Nighttime in a darkish, Scandinavian wooded area. It is silent; most effective a quiet rustling in may be heard once in a while in the undergrowth. Suddenly, a quiet hum vibrates the air, and sparkling dots appear between the bushes. Fireflies? The points of light come nearer, the noise gets louder. Those aren’t fireflies — they’re drones! And a vehicle follows in the back of them: it’s the Audi AI: TRAIL.
Drones inside the night time — the AI: Trail and its sparkling partners
As the Audi AI: TRAIL stops at a small clearing, the five drones reconfigure themselves. Gathered together at the door of the AI: TRAIL, they form a vivid highlight and light the way for Oliver Keyerleber to step out of the car. The Design Project Manager for Concept Cars at Audi is on the road in Sweden for a picture shoot with the electric vehicle. The drones, which work both as lights and cameras, make the Audi AI: TRAIL absolutely visible in the darkish forest for the first time.
The first factor you word is the auto’s frame, whose shape is reminiscent of a diamond and that is made completely of glass. Like a helicopter cabin, it offers the passengers a panorama view of the encircling nature — be it a Scandinavian wooded area like we’ve now, a barren region sandscape, or a rustically romantic canyon. Keyerleber says that this maximized transparency must supply passengers a near connection to the outside world — even as nevertheless letting them experience blanketed from its dangers. It’s best for off-avenue use — in truth, that’s what the entire design idea is based totally on.
The color of the AI: TRAIL must be (fittingly) paying homage to the north European desolate tract — the specific silvery mild of Scandinavia and the blue shading of the northern seas. But, with a period of four.15 meters and a peak of one.67 meters, the concept vehicle is relatively compact.
The Audi AI: TRAIL’s single-frame grille serves as more than just a logo detail that ties the 2019 idea automobile with the logo’s previous motors. The single-frame additionally serves to tie the exterior to the indoors of the electric vehicle.
It’s smooth to look that the Audi idea vehicle is designed for use on hard terrain — the Quattro drive has to turn out to be a design element. Eye-catching tires with seen technical elements give the auto a good grip at the damp wooded area ground. They provide the hyperlink between the Quattro force and the auto’s frame. Keyerleber explains: “The low middle of gravity — created by putting the battery inside the underbody and the usage of 4 electric-powered cars — shows off the Quattro of the future. We want to get around quietly and without emissions — to defend the environment.”
The driver can choose self-sustaining riding level 3 (on forest roads) or four (on paved streets). On tough terrain, even though, the motive force nevertheless desires to pressure. “This lets drivers both give attention to nature with all of their senses, or enjoy a special combination of the sensation at the back of the wheel and the outside revel in — inside the truest experience of the word.
The interior of the Audi AI: TRAIL already made waves at the IAA 2019: rather than rear passenger seats, the car is outfitted with two hanging chairs that work according to the same principle as a hammock. And, as if this weren’t unusual enough, passengers can easily remove the hanging chair and bring it with them. “This way, Audi accompanies the driver on his entire trip, whether in the car or on the hiking trail,” explains Keyerleber.
The outdoor theme carries over into the entire interior of the electric car. The grab handles are made of climbing rope that is knotted using macramé techniques. And the functionality is essential. The armrests, for example, are treated with an anti-bacterial, dirt-repellant coating. Gadgets like portable water bottles and light objects with a flashlight feature can be used on trips outside of the car. The “light companion” can scan the path and ensure that that the hiker finds their way back safely.
Natural materials such as wool felt, and wool emphasizes the connection to nature. In addition, some of the materials used in the interior are sustainably produced, like the recycled leather of the carpeting. It’s the Audi AI: TRAIL’s tribute to nature.