Audi Is Giving Us a Glimpse Into the Future With This Sweet EV Concept, So Let's Hope We All Make it to 2025

Way cooler than George Jetson's dinky little ride.
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Dramatic surfaces, creased convex glass, strong wheel arches and enormous 26-inch wheels are all design cues meant to stamp personality on Audi's futuristic Aicon autonomous electric vehicle, a category of cars predicted to be devoid of personality.

Audi's aim with its Frankfurt Motor Show concept is to refute the notion that in a future of anonymous, generic autonomous taxis dispatched as needed by smartphone apps, people will no longer have any attachment to cars or interest in purchasing one of their own.

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The Aicon ("A Icon," get it?) features a pack of 800-volt solid-body batteries that it says can charge to 80 percent of a claimed 500-mile driving range in just half an hour.

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The car's four electric in-wheel motors produce a combined 350 horsepower for suitably quick acceleration. Aicon uses active air suspension to control each wheel's movement precisely for ideal ride and handling.

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As there is no steering wheel in this fully self-driving car, Aicon uses all four of its wheels for turning to produce a tiny 27-foot turning radius, so the computer will be easily able to navigate crowded urban streets despite the car's ample size.

So parallel parking won't be a headache, even if it is the computer's problem and not yours.