Under the hood is a monster of a powertrain, producing 560 horses, and rocketing the car to 60mph in sub 4-second fashion. And now Audi is pushing the car to new limits with something called Piloted Driving. Over the weekend they unveiled an RS7 concept car capable of autonomous driving at race track speeds. Speeds that surged passed 100 mph. Gulp indeed.
If you missed the action – you can catch it in the above video, just skip to 14:20 (though, the embedded player should start you there) – it all went down at the finale of this year’s DTM season located at Hockenheimring. There the RS7 concept car used GPS, 3D cameras, and what looks like a boat load of hardware in its hatchback trunk to guide itself (sans driver) around the track, reaching a top speed of 149mph. The result? Audi laying claim to the “fastest autonomous car on the planet.”
So what does this mean to you, the everyday commuter? Well, for now, probably not a whole lot. But if you have driven a relatively new Audi, then you know that many of their cars are outfitted with Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Guidance. Combined they equated to a watered down driverless car. A really watered down version. Like almost no booze watered down – you get the point. Nevertheless, this demonstration not only proves their dedication to the self-driving car, but a car that can drive itself at high speeds and thus make split second decisions that could save lives.
If you’re interested to learn more, check out their dedicated page, which talks a bit about the history and what they’re doing here.