I, Robot Audi Lands Near Bel Air sans Will Smith

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I, Robot Audi RSQ

Audi RSQ Concept is part of Petersen Automotive Museum’s ‘Hollywood Dream Machines’ sci-fi & fantasy exhibit, through March 2020.

In 1950, sci-fi author Issac Asimov compiled a few short stories of his into a book titled I, Robot, dealing with the themes of robotics and free will. Audi, meanwhile, was digging itself out of the ruins of WWII, having moved to Ingolstadt when the Soviets cannibalized the remnants of the original company shortly after the end of the war.

A few decades later in 2004, a film with the same name (and not much else in common) brought Will Smith and Audi together in the form of Detective Del Spooner and the 2035 RSQ Concept. And though Smith isn’t hanging out with robots in Bel Air these days, you can see his Audi at the Petersen Automotive Museum’s newest exhibit, Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy from now through March 2020.

I, Robot Audi RSQ

The RSQ, designed by Julian Hönig, updates Audi’s design language from the early 2000s with futuristic elements like spherical tires and fully covered wheels, resulting in a car that has bits of the TT and the then-upcoming R8 mixed together in a shape draped in silver.

I, Robot Audi RSQ

The RSQ was also designed as a marketing tool for Audi, having recently recovered from a long sales decline and resurrection following the 5000 unintended acceleration debacle. The concept helped the company gain more American fans in its I, Robot appearance, leading to more sales and an improved image.

I, Robot Audi RSQ

If you’d like to get up and close to the Audi from I, Robert, a $16 adult ticket will get you in the door of the Petersen. And if you have children between 4 and 17, $11 will get them, as well.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

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