Autoblog’s Translogic host Jonathon Buckley had the opportunity to check out the Audi RS7 piloted driving concept in Spain at the Ascari Race Resort. It’s a duel between the human driver and the computers of the RS7 which allow the car to drive itself around the track. It still hard to get used to seeing a high-performance car such as the RS7 Sportback in a fully autonomous mode driving itself hard around the track.
Called “Bobby”, the Audi RS7 piloted driving concept managed to complete a lap at Ascari in 2 minutes and 13.4 seconds while Buckley proved to be faster as he did the lap in 2 minutes and 6.2 seconds. The concept was tested last year in Germany around the Hockenheim track and did a lap in a little over two minutes at “racing speed”.
We remind you the interesting concept uses specially corrected GPS signals sent to the vehicle’s WiFi connection to know its whereabouts while 3D cameras are filming the track up ahead. These work with an on-board computer program to compare the pre-loaded data set of images with the picture information obtained by the camera.
As a final note, Audi has already announced the next generation A8 due to come out in 2016 will be offered with an optional semi-autonomous driving system.