Audi Activesphere Concept EV debuts with AR, pickup bed and off-road capability

The fourth in the quartet of Audi's next generation electric concept cars has no touchscreen display. Instead, it uses augmented reality (AR) for navi
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Audi Activesphere concept is the fourth model in sphere concept vehicles.
Following on from the Audi skysphere roadster in 2021, and both the Audi grandsphere sedan, and the Audi urbansphere space concept in April 2022, a four-door crossover coupé is here.
It measures 4.98 metre long, has an impressive ground clearance and uses 22-inch wheels.
The rear design is of a Sportback and it can turn into a cargo bed at a press of a button. 
The concept is also equipped with Advanced Driver Aids System.
The interior gets a futuristic design. Audi says the design is people-focused.
The dashboard itself doubles-up as a soundbar as well as a full length airvent.
There is a console in the roof where the four AR headsets for the mixed reality system are kept within easy reach for all passengers.
The Activesphere will be based on an 800-volt charging system.
Because of the 800-volt charging system, the car gets an additional range of more than 300 km in just 10 minutes of charging.
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The highlight of the Audi Activesphere Concept EV is its cabin, which uses augmented reality for all of the vehicle controls like navigation, climate control and entertainment instead of a digital screen.
Audi Activesphere concept is the fourth model in sphere concept vehicles.
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Audi Activesphere concept is the fourth model in sphere concept vehicles.
Following on from the Audi skysphere roadster in 2021, and both the Audi grandsphere sedan, and the Audi urbansphere space concept in April 2022, a four-door crossover coupé is here.
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Following on from the Audi skysphere roadster in 2021, and both the Audi grandsphere sedan, and the Audi urbansphere space concept in April 2022, a four-door crossover coupé is here.
It measures 4.98 metre long, has an impressive ground clearance and uses 22-inch wheels.
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It measures 4.98 metre long, has an impressive ground clearance and uses 22-inch wheels.
The rear design is of a Sportback and it can turn into a cargo bed at a press of a button. 
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The rear design is of a Sportback and it can turn into a cargo bed at a press of a button. 
The concept is also equipped with Advanced Driver Aids System.
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The concept is also equipped with Advanced Driver Aids System.
The interior gets a futuristic design. Audi says the design is people-focused.
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The interior gets a futuristic design. Audi says the design is people-focused.
The dashboard itself doubles-up as a soundbar as well as a full length airvent.
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The dashboard itself doubles-up as a soundbar as well as a full length airvent.
There is a console in the roof where the four AR headsets for the mixed reality system are kept within easy reach for all passengers.
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There is a console in the roof where the four AR headsets for the mixed reality system are kept within easy reach for all passengers.
The Activesphere will be based on an 800-volt charging system.
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The Activesphere will be based on an 800-volt charging system.
Because of the 800-volt charging system, the car gets an additional range of more than 300 km in just 10 minutes of charging.
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Because of the 800-volt charging system, the car gets an additional range of more than 300 km in just 10 minutes of charging.

German auto giant Audi has taken the covers off the Activesphere, its latest electric vehicle concept car that can turn into a pickup truck from a crossover with off-road capabilities that offer next generation future technology with augmented reality and much more. The Activesphere is the fourth such concept EV from the carmaker after the Skysphere, Urbanshpere and Grandsphere. The last three models have been unveiled over the past two years. Activesphere is the fourth and the last in the quartet of future EVs from the Germans to showcase its EV roadmap.

The Activesphere is based on the modern PPE platform which has been developed by the Volkswagen Group for use initially in Audi and Porsche cars. Audi Activesphere stands 4.98 meters long, 2.07 meters wide and 1.60 meters tall. The fact that its wheelbase reaches 2.97 meters contributes to a large interior space, allowing enough room for the occupants. Its wheels measure 22 inches and are made exclusively for the activesphere. They offer maximum traction both on and off the road.

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Watch: Audi Activesphere concept EV unveiled: A look at how its AR technology works

The sporty coupe SUV can turn into a pickup within seconds. The adjustable suspension allows the car to be raised by 40 mm when trading off the beaten tracks. Audi Activesphere offers ground clearance of 208 mm. Audi also announced the off-road specifications of the Activesphere. The EV concept has an approach angle of 18.9 degrees while the escape angle is 28.1 degrees.

The highlight of the Audi Activesphere Concept EV is its cabin, which uses augmented reality for all of the vehicle controls like navigation, climate control and entertainment instead of a digital screen. For the first time in its history, Audi equipped the EV concept with a digital ecosystem called Mixed Reality. It offers VR glasses for the driver or passengers through which they can see in front of them. Essentially, it is a hybrid where a lot of information is projected 3D in front of the eyes of the user. Oliver Hoffmann, a member of the Board of Directors in the company's Technology Department, said, “The interior (of the cars) will be transformed into a place where passengers will feel at home. At the same time, they will be able to connect with the outside world. The most important technological innovation of the Audi activesphere is our adaptation to augmented reality for mobility. It creates the perfect synthesis between the environment and digital reality."

The Activesphere offers the ability to move either fully autonomously or manually by the driver. Audi configured the dashboard accordingly to help both cases. The steering wheel remains integrated into it and retracts when the driver intends to take control of the car. As for its passengers, they can independently adjust the information they want to have at any time on their screens, while they can independently adjust the seats and windows.

First Published Date: 27 Jan 2023, 10:46 AM IST
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