Audi has developed the world’s sportiest piloted driving car. At the German Touring Car Masters (DTM) season finale, the Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept car will demonstrate its dynamic potential and driving capabilities for the first time on the Hockenheimring – at racing speed, without a driver. It hit speeds of 150mph.
BWM did something similar where it pre planed the route in their 3 series and drove around a track but not at top speed, and we all know the challenges is exponentially higher in higher speeds so this is a great test but what would be even more amazing, which I’m sure is the next phase, to see opponents, wet roads and uncontrollable situation appear. Thats what we need to see before we can put a car on the road. However, how amazing would it be to race autonomous vehicles, a sort of a bot race.- can’t wait to see that.
Audi has a long history of autonomous driving. Started all they way back in 2009 with the Audi TTS which set the world record for speed 130mph in an autonomous vehicle. They where also the worlds first automotive company that received a permit to operate autonomous vehicles one public roads in California and Nevada, to be fair Google also got approved these permits.
In the future, the “traffic jam pilot” will help Audi drivers by taking over the steering at speeds between 0 and 60 km/h (37.3 mph) in addition to accelerating and braking automatically.
To do this, the new system assesses the status of the car as well as the entire surroundings. If the customer activates the system, the car completely takes over longitudinal and lateral guidance when it detects a traffic jam on a highway at speeds between 0 and 60 km/h (37.3 mph).
– Volvo’s XC90 all ready has this in production.
– Teslas D model S will have this in the near future as well.
Today’s driver assistance systems are usually managed by spatially separated control units. Audi, in contrast, is taking the novel approach of a central domain architecture. In the future, all available sensor information will flow into a central control unit (zFAS). This computes a complete model of the vehicle surroundings that is used by all of the assistance systems. The future systems for piloted driving will also draw on this redundantly computed information.
The central driver assistance control board uses cutting-edge multi-core processors. All together, they have the computing power of the entire electronics architecture of today’s Audi A4*. The new board currently has about the same area as a tablet PC, but its space requirements will continue to shrink. Its modular concept ensures high scalability and future viability. Audi will be introducing the central driver assistance control module to production along with the systems for piloted driving by the end of this decade.