A driverless Audi RS 7 recently lapped the 2.5-mile Sonoma Raceway in California in 2:01.01 minutes, a lap time that Audi reports would beat a similar car driven by professional race car driver.
“In Sonoma, we took the Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept to its physical limits lap after lap, and it handled the task with uniform precision,” says Thomas Müller, who is responsible for the development of brake, steering and driver assistance systems at Audi. “The car turned in lap times that were better than those of sports car drivers.”
For some time now, Audi has been testing piloted driving. In October 2014, an RS 7 nicknamed “Bobby” already completed a driverless lap on the Hockenheimring at speeds up to 240 km/h (149.1 mph). The new generation of the car is named “Robby,” has a power output of 560 hp and is around 881.8 pounds lighter than its predecessor. Whether braking, steering or accelerating, the piloted car controls all driving functions fully autonomously and with maximum precision.
Piloted driving will make its production debut in the next generation of the Audi A8. The systems can assume control of the car during parking or in stop-and-go traffic on freeways at speeds up to 60 km/h.
[Source: Audi AG]