The Audi RS7 piloted driving concept has been photographed being “manually driven” on the wet streets of München, Germany. It’s a bit ironical seeing an autonomous car under the control of a driver but let’s not forget the vehicle spotted in these images is only a prototype to showcase how much self-driving cars have evolved in the last few years.
The concept made its debut earlier this month at the Hockenheim circuit during the DTM season finale where it lapped the track in a little over two minutes without human assistance. In the process it managed to reach “racing speed” and was able to autonomously drive thanks to specially corrected GPS signals, a Wi-Fi connection, 3D cameras and other similar gizmos which allowed the car to “learn” the track.
The Audi RS7 piloted driving concept was developed by the German automaker in collaboration with Electronics Research Laboratory and Stanford University. It’s only a taste of what’s to come as Audi has already announced the next generation A8 is going to benefit from fully autonomous technology once it will go on sale in the first half of 2017.