The Audi RS7 piloted driving concept is back and it has established a record for an autonomous vehicle at the FAST Parcmotor race track near Barcelona.
Audi’s engineers shaved off some weight to help the car achieve superior performances and this turned out to be true as the RS7 piloted driving concept drove itself on the Castelloli circuit in Spain in 2:07.67 minutes. It managed to cover the 4.2 km (2.6 mi) long course without any sort of human assistance as the car did all the handling, accelerating and braking. In other words, this concept is fully automated and can do all the work by itself.
This latest performance comes after October 2014 when the Audi RS7 piloted driving concept codenamed “Bobby” managed to hit a top speed of 149.1 mph (240 km/h) around the Hockenheimring. That vehicle has evolved into what is known today as “Robby” and is approximately 400 kg (881.8 lbs) lighter than its predecessor.
Robby was tested to the delight of the American audience when it drove itself back in July on the Sonoma Raceway in California, once again, without human aid. Let’s not forget that journalists attending CES Asia earlier this year experienced piloted driving in the busy traffic of Shanghai, China while last month Audi demonstrated automatic emergency evasive maneuvers of a test car with moving obstacles in the urban environment.
Some of the technology will be implemented in the next generation Audi A8 flagship model set to come out in 2017. The full-size luxury sedan will be able to drive itself at speeds of up to 37.3 mph (60 km/h) in busy stop-and-go traffic on freeways.