The Audi A7 piloted driving concept has been tested in Germany on the famous Autobahn. Back in January, the interesting concept embarked on a 550-mile trip from Silicon Valley, California to Las Vegas, Nevada and now Germany’s Minister of Transport, Alexander Dobrindt took the car for a test drive on a special section of the Autobahn A9. This area will be used in the future as a “test bed for the networked automobile of the future.”
This particular Audi A7 piloted driving concept is known as “Jack” features an autonomous driving system which will make its way into the next generation A8 scheduled to arrive at the beginning of 2017. It will allow the full-size flagship sedan from Ingolstadt to literally drive itself in congested traffic at speeds between 0 and 40 mph (65 km/h).
Speaking after this interesting experience, Alexander Dobrindt said “Digital technology can assume tasks from the driver and provide enhanced safety and convenience”. He added that “The long term goal is completely networked roads. Traffic jams and environmental pollution will be reduced, traffic safety increased and the infrastructure used to optimum capacity.”
Interestingly, Dobrindt went on to specify that Germany’s automotive industry offers the “most attractive products” in the entire world and the country’s objective is to maintain the world leader status.