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Audi’s new all-electric car looks like it belongs on Mars

September 13th, 2017 at 11:52 AM
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High-end automakers build some pretty wild concepts on a regular basis. Most of the time they look a bit goofy, and oftentimes you wouldn’t actually want to be seen on the street behind the wheel of them. Audi’s new all-electric “Aicon” concept car is both eye-catching and absolutely gorgeous, and if mankind inhabits Mars at some point in the not-too-distant future, it looks like the kind of vehicle you’d expect to see at a martian intersection.

The Aicon, which was officially unveiled by Audi at the Frankfurt Motor Show, is the company’s vision for the future of fully autonomous, all-electric transportation. It’s a sedan, but its doors open opposite to each other, creating a huge opening that reveals the entire interior. The lounge-style seats can actually move back and forth within the cabin, and a narrow rear bench situated behind the two front seats.

A long wrap-around display envelops the dash and sides of the interior, and the windshield doubles as a display so that passengers can enjoy various media during the trip, since they don’t actually have to keep their eyes on the road. It’s more like a living room than the cabin of a car, but that’s kind of the point.

Audi’s new concept isn’t just about luxury and creature comforts; it’s also an incredibly capable vehicle. It’s designed to travel a whopping 500 miles on a single charge of its batteries, and it go from fully depleted to an 80% charge in less than half an hour. Electric motors on all four wheels provide all-wheel drive, while a four-wheel steering system provides agility.

As with all concept vehicles, the Aicon is a long way from actually hitting the roads, and the self-driving technology that would theoretically allow it to be fully autonomous is still not ready for prime time. It’ll be a long time before we see a vehicle like this on the lot at a car dealership, but rest assured that that day is indeed on the way.

Mike Wehner has reported on technology and video games for the past decade, covering breaking news and trends in VR, wearables, smartphones, and future tech.

Most recently, Mike served as Tech Editor at The Daily Dot, and has been featured in USA Today,, and countless other web and print outlets. His love of reporting is second only to his gaming addiction.

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