When will we have small sensible city cars again?

The Audi A1 concept is an exciting new vehicle. Small cars make sense in the city. Safe transit for kids without hauling 2 tons of metal can only be a good thing. Lets see the Audi A1 concept on the road soon.

Heres what Audi have to say about the vehicle.

With an exterior length of 4.30 metres and a width of 1,90 metres, the Audi AI:ME takes up no more road space than a present-day compact car. However, the wheelbase of 2.77 metres and the height of 1.52 metres indicate interior dimensions that are more likely to be found in the next higher class at least.

This is made possible by the architecture of the electric drive. It allows for short overhangs and a large-volume interior without a propeller shaft tunnel. The drive unit is positioned on the rear axle and mobilises 125 kW (170 metric hp).

For the occupants, the compact drive package offers a maximum amount of objectively available space, spatial comfort, and a great deal of variability. The Audi AI:ME is designed as a 2 plus-x-seater. Its layout relies on a variety of configurations for seat positions and stowage space. While only the individual seats at the front will be used during most journeys, the car offers space for up to four people in the front and on the rear bench if necessary.

Carmakers plan VR for boredom free Autonomous Car journeys.

Audi and Nissan are planning to use in vehicle VR for long driverless journeys.

Holoride, an Audi subsidiary, has demonstrated how it wants to turn road trips into virtual reality experiences. Passengers can swim with Whales or through sunken ships in the deep sea while on a drive. As the car accelerates or steers sideways, movements are logged by a computer installed in the cars boot which adjusts the passengers view in the VR goggles. This will reduce the possibility of motion sickness.

Nissan have showcased a set of goggles for drivers and passengers that could deliver real time information and project a talking cartoon character that communicates with the wearer. “We want to fulfill peoples emotional needs” said Tetsuro Ueda, expert leader at the Nissan Research Centre.

Virtual experiences will be deployed when the industry reaches Level 4, or fully autonomous standards. At this stage, the vehicle will be able to handle all aspects of driving in most circumstances with no human intervention.

Video of Audi and Holoride at CES 2019