Audi is knocking hard on the door of automated driving with its piloted driving program. Their automated RS7 Sportback nicknamed »Robby«, has managed to complete a few laps at Sonoma Raceway in California.
It completed the two and a half mile, 12-turn course in 2 minutes and 01,01 seconds.
As said by Thomas Müller, Audi’s brake, steering and driver assistance systems engineer:
In Sonoma, we took the Audi RS7 piloted driving concept to its physical limits lap after lap, and it handled the task with uniform precision.
But it doesn’t end there, it’s brethren, codenamed »Bobby«, completed an unmanned lap at Hockenheimring in October 2014, with speeds reaching up to 149mph.
Audi says that for now, the automated systems can assume control of the car during parking and stop-and-go traffic on freeways up to speeds of 60 km/h or 37 mph. It will be interesting to see what happens, when the company releases its first automated model, the next generation executive A8 sedan in 2017.