Automotive journalists will have the opportunity to travel more than 550 miles in the Audi A7 Sportback piloted driving concept. The road trip will kick off from Silicon Valley, California to Las Vegas, Nevada for this year’s edition of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and in the process it will cover in excess of 550 miles (900 km). The vehicle is known as “Jack” and is able to drive on its own at speeds of up to 70 mph (110 km/h) and can make lane changes as well as passing maneuvers.
Moreover, the Audi A7 Sportback piloted driving concept has the capability of independently accelerating and braking while the speed will be automatically adapted to surround cars whenever changing the lane. After setting a safe distance and speed corroborated with the traffic, the car will then initiate the lane change “with precision and in a timely manner.”
All these are possible thanks to a combination of advanced sensors, such as the long-range radar sensors of the adaptive cruise control system and the Audi side assist which “observe” the front & rear of the car. There are also two mid-range radar sensors at the front and back which are aimed to the right and left to grant a 360-degree view.
The Audi A7 Sportback piloted driving concept also comes with laser scanner installed within the front grille and the rear bumper skirt while a 3D high-resolution video camera has the responsibility of providing a wide-angle view of the car’s front. Four smaller front & rear mounted cameras check out the surroundings while the data provided by the navigation system is used for enabling basic vehicle orientation.
Audi says most of the technologies are almost ready for a production car and chances are some of them will be implemented in the next-gen A8 which will be offered with an optional autonomous system.