The Audi Activesphere Concept projects an internal gesture-controlled user interface when used with augmented reality goggles.
Audi activesphere concept – The Futurist Corporate Ethos
Audi activesphere concept: Audi is the one carmaker that can be recognised for having a futurist corporate ethos. It might be said that Audi was one of the first significant legacy automakers. It makes an earnest attempt to embrace EVs into its lineup after Tesla cleared the runway. Beginning with the e-Tron concept in 2009, Audi slowly introduced hybrid vehicles into its lineup until today.
When it offers a number of BEV alternatives, including the Audi e-Tron SUV and e-Tron GT coupe. Although Audi’s lineup is quite good, it doesn’t seem like they want to take things easy. Audi has slowly published three “spherical” concept cars to provide potential purchasers a glimpse into the company’s future. All of which are tailor designed to meet diverse situations and tastes of vehicle owners in the not-too-distant future.
So far, we’ve seen the Skysphere coupe, the Grandsphere luxury sedan, and the Urbansphere, which is designed for major cities. Audi gave us our first glimpse at its newest concept, the Activesphere, a week ago. As the name suggests, this concept was created with nature-loving weekend warriors in mind. We don’t blame you if you’re unsure how to categorise this topic. When looking at the concept’s exterior design, it almost seems like an A5 sportback coupe mated with an e-Tron GT.
Audi activesphere concept boosts its Ground Clearance
Audi activesphere design: Audi designed the activesphere to go off-road, as evidenced by the massive tyres wrapped around 22-inch wheels. For more difficult off-road circumstances, the Activesphere can even boost its ground clearance. Although the posture and wheels give the concept a “rugged” look, the interior is nevertheless a study in futuristic luxury design. Audi informed us that it wants people to think of the interiors of its “sphere” designs as “living spaces.”It explains why they appear austere at first glance. A steering wheel and pedals may not even be necessary at level 4 autonomy, which is another reason why the sphere concepts are all imagined. The ActiveSphere offers a little bit of both options. The driver can use the dashboard and steering wheel if they want to or need to.
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So, how do users interact with the Activesphere’s many functionalities if the dashboard folds away? One of the most intriguing aspects of this EV concept is the response to this question. The UI and UX of the ActiveSphere are nearly entirely designed with augmented reality (AR) in mind. According to Audi, by the time a vehicle like this is ready for the mass market, AR glasses and headsets will be more ubiquitous. As a result, when the user puts on their preferred AR device, the ActiveSphere immediately pairs with it. And projects the UI in 3D space in front of the main user and anyone else wearing an AR device. The user interface can then be controlled with hand gestures, effectively transforming the passengers into Tony Stark. We’re pretty big fans of Iron Man here, so we’re hoping that this part of Audi’s future vision comes to fruition.
Audi activesphere concept to a pickup truck
Audi activesphere concept: The fold-away dashboard piques our interest, but it’s not the only way the ActiveSphere can make more room for itself. The rear glass can be pulled up into the vehicle’s top, revealing a truck bed-like cargo compartment with a fold-down tailgate. A second piece of glass slides up during this change to separate the passenger interior from the newly exposed cargo section. Audi was referring to this when it compared the concept to a pickup truck. But don’t get it twisted: this isn’t the kind of truck bed designed for hard labour and catching sacks of gravel in slow motion, as seen in ads. High-end bicycles or perhaps a moderate amount of camping and hiking gear can be carried in this bed. Additionally, it possesses all of the necessary components to attach a roof rack for additional storage.
So, the Activesphere has unusual—but intriguing—looks, an interior right out of a Marvel movie, and an on-demand truck bed, which is all fantastic, but how about performance? Ironically, that is perhaps where this far-fetched thought is the most grounded. The Activesphere is powered by two electric motors that produce 436 horsepower and 530 ft-lb of torque. Audi claims that the 100 kWh battery has a range of more than 370 miles. When connected to a 270 kW charging station, the 800-volt fast charging allows the EV to gain around 186 miles of range in just 10 minutes. However, we’re only discussing a notion here, so don’t get too enthusiastic. It’s encouraging to see Audi aiming for that level of performance, but it may be some time before any of its offers can match it.
For the time being, the “sphere” prototypes serve as a sneak glimpse at some of the ideas Audi is experimenting with, which could make their way into near-future production vehicles. We’re curious to see how many of these high-tech features make it onto the road in the next 5 years or so.