Rinaldo Capello, three times Le Mans winner and test-driver for Audi has a new competitor. But who is it? The answer will surprise him
The competitor is in fact the autonomous Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept. The car is equipped with 560-horsepower engine and can reach a top speed of 190 miles per hour.
According to Audi, the car orientated itself on the track via GPS, with data transmitted to the vehicle via WiFi and redundantly via high-frequency radio.
It recently took the Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept just slightly over two minutes to complete a lap on the Grand Prix track in Hockenheim – piloted with high precision and accuracy to within centimeters.
In parallel to this, 3D cameras in the car film the track, and a computer program compares the cameras’ image information against a data set stored on board.
Piloted driving is one of the most important development fields at Audi: The first successful developments were achieved ten years ago. The test results continually flow into series development. 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, for example.
Driver assistance systems from Audi are already making driving more relaxed and better controlled and include Audi side assist, Audi active lane assist, and adaptive cruise control with Stop&Go function including Audi pre sense front.
Astoundingly Audi believes its technology, including side assist, active lane assist, and adaptive cruise control, will be available to consumers within five years.
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