Aura Two-Seater EV Sports Car Concept

A consortium of British automotive and technology companies has revealed an all-new electric two-seater sports car – and it certainly is an interesting-looking concept.

Called AURA, the concept is a lightweight, road-legal EV which features sustainable composite materials and 88kWh of battery capability offering a reported 644km of range. A cutting-edge human machine interface (HMI) system is designed at connecting the driver with the vehicle and its surroundings to eradicate charge point and range concerns. The design of the car itself, as can be seen from the rear wheel covers, has aerodynamic efficiency in mind.

Funded via the UK Government’s Office of Low Emission Vehicles through the Niche Vehicle Network, the rear-wheel drive AURA combines the capabilities of a business group that includes Astheimer, Potenza Technology, and BAMD.

A 10-inch touch centre infotainment system and a 5-inch circular self-levelling display in the middle of the steering wheel are at the heart of the HMI.

Using the latest Android Automotive Operating System, the technology has been integrated, the consortium says, to demonstrate the next generation of HMI software and apps, including machine learning software which monitors the weather, driving style, and the environment to provide spot-on energy optimisation, ensuring the driver will never run out of electricity unexpectedly or wait on a charge point for longer than is necessary.

The vehicle is also connected in real-time to the AURA cloud service, which enables the creation of a digital twin of the vehicle to provide the driver, should they wish, with historical telematics to analyse their driving style of regular routes to maximise range and minimise their impact on the surroundings.

Source: Motor Trader e-Magazine (November 2021) 

26 November 2021

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