Citroen’s futuristic concept car makes ample use of AI

May 16, 2019 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Citroen’s futuristic concept car makes ample use of AI
Following its long – albeit over the latest decades widely neglected – tradition of avant-garde technology and design, French carmaker Citroen is presenting a futuristic concept vehicle that marries electric drive with long range and autonomous driving with a very a rather exotic and conspicuous appearance.

At the VivaTech technology show in Paris (May 16-19), Citroen is showcasing its concept vehicle named 19_19. The exterior design is inspired by aviation, the interior design by living room furniture – a logical consequence of the fact that people spend increasingly time in the car while automated driving functions allow them to relax.

Despite its living room ambient, the 19_19 is a high-tech vehicle: Driven by a battery-electric powertrain, the car bridges distances up to 800 km without recharging, Citroen says. Within 5 seconds, the 19_19 reaches a speed of 100 kmph; maximum speed is 200 kmph. The battery has a capacity of 100 kwh, giving the two motors a power of 340 kW. Though the wheels are extraordinarily large, which suggests that they might contain a wheel hub drive. However, the two motors are located inside the body, one motor at the front and rear axle.

Thanks to artificial intelligence, the vehicle is capable of autonomous driving. An intuitive, proactive "personal assistant" takes the helm in autonomous driving mode and is connected to the driver and passengers through via an interactive user interface.

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