Audi has released a new video in which they go through their long history of working on improving piloted driving technology.
Like it or not, autonomous cars will eventually hit the streets in production form in the next decade or so and Audi has been working on piloted driving technology for the past 15 years. Some of the most recent examples of their achievements in this domain include hitting 210 km/h back in 2009 with an autonomous vehicle in Utah at the Bonneville Salt Flats with a driverless TTS while a year later at Pikes Peak they managed to climb all of the 156 curves of the road with the same car.
Last year at Hockenheim in Germany, the RS7 piloted driving concept perform a full lap in race mode while at the beginning of this year an updated version of the concept manage to cover an impressive 900 km (559 miles) on public roads from San Francisco, California to CES in Las Vegas. Shortly after that at CES Asia, another RS7 successfully travelled in heavy traffic on open roads, representing a first for the industry.
Audi has already announced the next generation A8 set to come out late 2016 / early 2017 will employ autonomous driving technology and this is one of the reasons why the full-size sedan’s launch has been pushed back a bit as the engineers want to perfect the tech before the flagship model will be out.