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The new Audi Aicon concept car is presented during the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) September 12, 2017. — Reuters picThe new Audi Aicon concept car is presented during the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) September 12, 2017. — Reuters picFRANKFURT, Sept 13 — At the International Motor Show Germany, Audi is presenting three vehicles equipped with a new form of artificial intelligence: the new A8 and the concept cars Elaine and Aicon.

The German carmaker is intent on showcasing Audi AI, its new name for a range of innovative systems that will make vehicles increasingly autonomous, and eventually enable drivers to engage in other activities. Thanks to Audi AI, future models by the ring-logo brand will be “intelligent” and better able to adapt to their passengers than ever before.

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  • Mercedes CEO Dieter Zetsche and Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton pose during the opening of the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) September 12, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Mercedes car maker Daimler AG presents the new Mercedes S-class models during the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) September 12, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • The new Mercedes Concept EQA car is presented during the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) September 12, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • A Smart VIsion EQ FourTwo is pictured during the opening of the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) September 12, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller attends the opening of the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) September 12, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Volkswagen id concept-cars are pictured before the opening of the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) September 12, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • An Audi AICON is pictured during the opening of the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) September 12, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • An Audi Elaine is pictured during the opening of the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) September 12, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • The new Audi A8L 55 TFSI Quattro car is presented during the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) September 12, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • A Bugatti Zero 400 Zero is pictured during opening of the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) September 12, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • A VW T-Roc is pictured during opening of the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) September 12, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • A Skoda Karoq is pictured during opening of the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) September 12, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • BMW board member Ian Robertson presents the new BMW i3s during the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) September 12, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • BMW board member Peter Schwarzenbauer presents the new MINI Electric Concept during the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) September 12, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • The new BMW i Vision Dynamics is presented during the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) September 12, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Visitors examine a Porsche Panamera 4S during the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) September 12, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • The new Porsche Cayenne car is presented during the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) September 12, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • The new Ferrari Portofino is displayed during the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) September 12, 2017. — Reuters pic

These innovations have been highlighted in two new concept cars. The first of these, the Audi Elaine, is an electric SUV with fully automated driving that enables it to function without a driver or passengers on board, and also to autonomously perform certain manoeuvres like parking, visiting a carwash or finding a charging station.

For its part, the Audi Aicon goes even further because it has no pedals or steering wheel. This is Audi’s vision of the interior and exterior design of vehicles of the future. The Aicon is also a fully electric concept with a record range of 800km without a charge.

Coming soon to dealerships, the new generation Audi A8 is billed as the first series car with the capacity to take over driving functions in certain traffic conditions (for example on an open road at a constant speed). If it encounters conditions that are not compatible with its autonomous systems, the vehicle will tell the driver to take back control with an alert that is sent several seconds in advance. To achieve this result, the Audi A8 is equipped with radar units, ultrasonic sensors, camera systems, a high-performance processor to interpret all of this incoming data and integrated fast internet. — AFP-Relaxnews

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