Following the introduction of the Audi Skysphere roadster concept, the Audi Grandsphere sedan idea, and the Audi Urbansphere space concept, the Audi Activesphere concept represents the climax of Audi’s’sphere’ EV concept car series. Audi’s visions of the future in the form of their ideas, such as the Activesphere concept, are fascinating not only because they hint at the design of future vehicles but also because they demonstrate the cutting-edge technology that these vehicles will feature in the not-too-distant future.
Audi Activesphere design
The Audi Activesphere concept is a four-door crossover coupe that takes design cues from the active lifestyles of its intended audience. The vehicle’s body is largely made up of curved surfaces and glass panels, rather than the straight lines typical of modern Audis. The front singleframe grille is made of transparent glazing so that drivers and passengers have a clear view of the road. The Activesphere idea has a sportback-like profile and rides on 22-inch wheels. As you move to the side, you’ll notice that the lower portions of the doors and the ceiling are glazed in clear material.
Because the Activesphere has suicide doors, the concept lacks a traditional B-pillar. The Activesphere’s coolest feature is its transparent sliding rear window and its ability to fold horizontally, converting the back into a pickup-like cargo bed with attachments for e-bikes and a wall deploying from behind the rear seats to separate the cabin from the loading bay. Audi says this is the first sportback to borrow styling cues and technology from its Allroad vehicles, which are built for off-roading and rough terrain. Dimensionally, the Activesphere measures in at 4.98 metres in length, 2.07 metres in width, and 1.60 metres in height; it is said to be the same size as the upcoming 2019 Audi A6 e-tron, which rides on the same PPE platform (premium platform electric) as the 2018 Audi Q8 e-tron and the 2019 all-electric Porsche Macan.
Audi Activesphere interior
Upon entering the cabin through the wide-opening suicide doors, you will see a seating arrangement reminiscent of a lounge. The interior is sparse, and when the Activesphere is being driven by itself, the entire dashboard and the pedals are hidden away, only to be raised into place when manual control is resumed.
The front passengers will have a clear view of the road. There is no transmission tunnel in an EV, but the full-length console still serves as a divider and provides extra storage or even a bar. The Activesphere’s mixed reality technology is operated with the help of four augmented reality (AR) headsets, which are stored in a compartment above the centre console.
Audi Activesphere AR technology
The Activesphere idea incorporates a proprietary mixed reality augmented reality interface (called Audi Dimensions). Dimensions allows you to use very natural gestures to operate the various functions of the car, such as adjusting the temperature of the climate control, and the display for the relevant information is now in a much more interactive manner, all of which are controlled by the augmented reality headsets, which must be worn at all times even when operating the vehicle autonomously.
The technology employs a number of optical layers and cameras to supply data such as the topography of the landscape in off-road mode and traffic safety information while driving. Your customers can use the augmented reality goggles to watch movies or TV shows at the same time. These headsets, for example, can be used outside of the car to provide information about the vehicle, such as the battery’s range or the location of the nearest charging stations, and they can also be used to guide skiers down the slopes in the most efficient manner possible. There is no longer a need for screens.
Audi Activesphere powertrain
With a 100kWh battery pack located between the wheels, the PPE platform serves as the foundation for the Audi Activesphere. There are two motors, one on each axle, giving the Activesphere all-wheel drive and allowing the concept to produce 436 horsepower (325 kilowatts) and 720 Newton-meters of torque. The 800-volt charging technology will be standard on all future models based on the PPE platform, and it is expected to allow for charging times comparable to those of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, with just 10 minutes of charging providing enough energy to power the battery for more than 300 kilometres. The 100 kWh battery can be charged from dead to 80 percent in less than 25 minutes, and the car can supposedly go more than 600 kilometres before needing a refill.