Audi RS7 Piloted Driving Concept, In its latest evolution, the autonomous car Audi RS7 Piloted Driving Concept drove faster than race drivers on a California circuit. A spectacular way to prepare the ground for the new A8.
On 10 February 1996, the Deep Blue supercomputer developed by IBM, fighting for the first time chess champion Garry Kasparov. Less than twenty years later, Audi announced that its concept car RS7 Piloted Driving, lightened by 400 kilograms compared to the model unveiled in October 2014 , drove faster than professional drivers – who seem to keep their anonymity … – on the Californian circuit Sonoma. Events are certainly not directly comparable (competition on one side, exercise carried out in ideal conditions on the other …), but both are of great symbolic significance.
To achieve this, “Robby” (the nickname of the car, which replaces Bobby) is seen especially with a map of the circuit and determines its position thanks to a 3D camera and a highly advanced GPS. Thus rigged, and strong of 560 hp delivered by its V8 turbocharged 4.0, the Audi RS7 was completed in 2:01:01 around the 4.05 km circuit. ” A Sonoma we took the concept Audi RS7 Piloted Driving beyond its limits round after round and it lived up to all levels “summarizes Thomas Muller, head of development of brake systems, driving and for driving assistance for the builder.
Despite these performances, competitions on driverless track driving is not for tomorrow. Indeed, we can not imagine Robby respond satisfactorily to permanent risks that reserves the pack in the race … And anyway, the purpose for Audi is not. These extreme driving exercises serve to prepare the ground for the new A8, which will have a Piloted Driving system which allows him to park and ride only one in traffic up to 60 km / h.
Audi RS7 Piloted Driving Concept, July 2015: On the California trail Sonoma, Robby, latest evolution of the Audi RS7 Piloted Driving, traveling faster than professional drivers.
October 2014: Bobby, the first RS7 Piloted Driving, reaches 240 km / h on the Hockenheim track.