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Audi Previews Futuristic City Car Concept With Advanced AI Tech

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The Audi AI:me will debut at the 2019 Shanghai Motor Show this month.

The New York Auto Show isn't the only motoring event happening this month, with the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show set to open its doors on April 16. At the show, Audi will be showcasing another futuristic concept called the AI:me after debuting the Q4 E-Tron electric crossover concept at Geneva last month.

Previewed in design sketches, Audi says the AI:me is a design study that "illustrates the vision of an automated driving compact car for the megacities of tomorrow."

Given the name, we're expecting the AI:me to feature advanced autonomy and AI technology. Since it's a design study, the city car concept is unlikely to preview an upcoming production model.

From the teaser sketches, the AI:me appears to be a small city car with a futuristic shape featuring a sloping roofline, flared wheel arches, and an angular rear end. It also rides on large four-spoke wheels.

Inside, the cabin has a very minimalistic styling with an unconventionally-shaped steering wheel, a large widescreen display that runs across the width of the dashboard, wooden trim and touch buttons located on the door. Technical details haven't been revealed yet, but we're expecting the AI:me to feature a fully electric powertrain.

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The AI:me is likely going to be an evolution of the Audi Aicon design concept that debuted at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show, which was designed to show how advances in artificial intelligence and autonomy will shape the brand's exterior and interior design beyond 2025.

It featured full Level 5 autonomy, four electric motors producing a combined output of 350 horsepower and a range of up to 497 miles, and an opulent interior devoid of a conventional steering wheel or pedals. We'll find out more about Audi's vision for the future of automotive artificial intelligence tech when the AI:me debuts in Shanghai in just a couple of weeks.

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