Audi’s latest concept car certainly looks the part, with chunky futuristic-hatchback styling, oversized 23-inch wheels, and plenty of LED lighting. It’s not, however, really intended for you to drive. Or, for that matter, even look at the actual cabin.
Instead it’s an exploration of how we might occupy ourselves in the vehicle of the future, when autonomous driving is more commonplace. Audi has fitted the AI:ME concept with two VR headsets, for example, which can synchronize a virtual journey to the physical movements of the vehicle. If you want to stay in the real world, a dashboard-spanning OLED screen uses eye-tracking for control.
Audi Intelligence promises to learn your preferences for things like routes, favorite restaurants, shopping, and more, and present those on the dashboard. It’ll also proactively adjust cabin lighting and temperature, play music if AI:ME believes you might be stressed, and generally take on the hassle of the commute. That is, until you switch back into manual mode, at which point the steering wheel and pedals extend and you’re back at the helm.