The Audi A7 piloted driving concept has managed to successfully complete the 550-mile journey to Las Vegas, Nevada for 2015 CES. In the two-day journey the car drove itself (and a few automotive journalists) on the highway from Silicon Valley, California and made a stop after the first day at Bakersfield, California.
All the data obtained during the trip will be used by Audi to further develop the system which currently uses several production-ready sensors along with sensors built into current production cars which all have the purpose of accurately detecting the surroundings of the car. The Audi A7 piloted driving concept was packed with adaptive cruise control, Audi side assist long-range radar sensors and it also had mid-range sensors both at the front and rear which were directed to the left and right of the car in order to provide a 360-degree view.
Moreover, the singleframe front grille incorporated the laser scanners which are also found within the rear bumper for providing detailed recognition of static and dynamic objects surrounding the car. The car also had four smaller cameras mounted at the front and rear to provide short-range information of what was going on around the vehicle.
Lastly, the Audi A7 piloted driving concept featured a wide-angle, high resolution 3D video camera observing the traffic surrounding the car. The camera will be installed in the second generation Q7 due to go on sale in the following months.