Mat Watson from British magazine Auto Express had the privilege of driving and being driven in the Audi RS7 piloted driving concept. He wanted to find out whether his time around the track was better than when the car is being autonomously driven and although Mat was quicker, the self-driving lap wasn’t that bad either.
Developed as a sneak preview of autonomous driving, the concept benefits from “specially corrected” GSP signals which Audi says are accurate down to a centimeter to better detect the car’s location on the track. It also benefits from a 3D camera sending images to a computer where these are compared to graphical on-board info.
The Audi RS7 piloted driving concept is capable of hitting a top speed of 149 mph (240 km/h) when in autonomous mode while when being manually controlled it’s virtually the same as the RS7 Sportback which tops out at 190 mph (305 km/h) when configured with the optional dynamics package.
Audi has already confirmed the next generation of the A8 is going to be offered optionally as a fully autonomous vehicle and chances are most of the technology will be derived from the RS7 piloted driving concept. The A8 will use more advanced cameras that work with lasers and extra sensors developed in such a way as to allow the car work everywhere.