The Audi AI: TRAIL

aitrailpic1The Audi AI: TRAIL

Nighttime in a dark, Scandinavian forest. It is silent; only a quiet rustling can be heard from time to time in the undergrowth. Suddenly, a quiet hum vibrates the air, and glowing dots appear between the trees. Fireflies? The points of light come closer, the noise gets louder. Those aren’t fireflies, they’re drones! And a car follows behind them: it’s the Audi AI: TRAIL. The latest in off-road technology by Audi, the AI: TRAIL Concept. HJ Pfaff Audi is not just in the business of dealing with high-end Audi vehicles to our valued clients. We are also responsible for providing interesting and informative content about our dealership, Audi vehicles, and the industry. It is for this reason that we have put together a blog sharing some information about the Audi AI: TRAIL Concept vehicle. 

The Audi AI: TRAIL comes with little friends

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 bright spotlight 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 photoshoot with the electric car. The drones, which work both as lighting and cameras, make the Audi AI: TRAIL fully visible in the dark forest for the first time.

aitrailpic3The Audi AI: TRAIL is a car with a helicopter cabin 

The first thing you notice is the car’s body, whose shape is reminiscent of a diamond and which is made entirely of glass. Like a helicopter cabin, it gives the passengers a panorama view of the surrounding nature, be it a thick and lush forest, a desert landscape, or a rustically romantic canyon. Keyerleber says that this maximized transparency should give passengers a close connection to the outside world, while still allowing them to feel protected from its dangers. It’s perfect for off-road use, in fact, that’s what the entire design concept is based on.

The Audi AI: TRAIL’s single-frame grille serves as more than just a brand element that ties the 2019 concept car with the brand’s previous cars. The single-frame also serves to tie the exterior to the interior of the electric car.

Outdoor experiences and environment

It’s easy to see that the Audi concept car is designed for use on rough terrain, the quattro drive has become a design element. Eye-catching tires with visible technical elements give the car a good grip on the damp forest floor. They provide a link between the quattro drive and the car’s body.

The driver can choose autonomous driving level 3 (on forest roads) or 4 (on paved streets). On rough terrain, though, the driver still needs to drive. This lets drivers either concentrate on nature with all of their senses or enjoy a special blend of the feeling behind the wheel and the outdoor experience, in the truest sense of the word.

aitrailpic2It’s like driving through nature in a hammock 

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.

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.

At HJ Pfaff Audi, we have a massive selection of Audi vehicles that are waiting for you to take out for a test drive. While you won’t be able to test-drive an Audi AI: TRAIL anytime soon, you can still learn more about his interesting of-road Audi concept by contacting our Audi enthusiasts at HJ Pfaff Audi. Click here to find our contact information, schedule a test drive, or to speak with a representative.