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Audi RS7 to lap Hockenheim – DRIVERLESS

Mon, 13 Oct 2014

Audi are taking an RS7 round Hockenheim completely autonomously

Every car maker – from Mercedes to Volvo and Ford – is working hard to make autonomous driving a reality, and it looks like we’re just a few years away from seeing cars being driven by computers, with the driver relegated to passenger in many daily driving tasks. (adsbygoogle=window.adsbygoogle||[]).push({});Now it’s Audi’s turn to demonstrate the progress they’re making with autonomous technology by taking an RS7 round the Grand Prix track at Hockenheim without a driver having control.

It’s arguable that taking a driverless car round a track – even at race speed – is far less of a technological task than having a car running driverless through a cityscape with all its variables, but it’s an impressive demonstration nonetheless.

Audi say that the RS7 without driver input should be approximately as fast as it would be with a professional driver at the wheel, and with 552bhp available from the RS7’s 4.0 litre turbo V8 – and a 0-62mph of 3.9 seconds – the RS7 is expected to top out at 149mph on the Hockenheim track on a lap that should take just over 2 minutes.

Audi are planning to run the RS7 around Hockenheim tomorrow (14 October 2014) at 12:45 pm as part of the programme for the final German Touring Car Championship race, and if you want to watch the eerie site of a driverless RS7 taking on an F1 circuit you can do so on Audi Media TV

By Cars UK