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Driver not included

Driver not included

Audi has scored another coup in the development of piloted driving. Before the season finale of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, its Audi RS concept car took just over two minutes to complete a lap on the Grand Prix track in Hockenheim – without a driver.

“The top performance by the Audi RS 7 today substantiates the skills of our development team with regard to piloted driving at Audi,” said Ulrich Hackenberg at AUDI AG.

“The derivations from series production, particularly in terms of precision and performance, are of great value for our further development steps.”

For orientation on the track, the car uses specially corrected GPS signals. This data is transmitted to the vehicle via WiFi.

In parallel, 3D cameras in the car film the track, while a computer program compares the cameras’ image information against a data set stored on board. This is what makes it possible for the car to orient itself on the track within centimetres.

Piloted driving is one of the most important development fields at Audi. The first successful developments were achieved 10 years ago.

The latest test runs at the physical limit are providing the Audi engineers with insights for the development of automatic avoidance functions in critical driving situations.

Driver assistance systems from Audi are already making driving more relaxed and better controlled, as in the updated A6 and A7 Sportback model series. The offerings include side assist, active lane assist and adaptive cruise control.

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