Audi would be presenting the automated driving with a distance of more than 885 kms, being covered by journalists behind the wheel at highway. The drive will take place from Silicon Valley, California to Las Vegas, Nevada to attend the CES 2015, one of the world’s most important electronics trade shows. Additional highlights from Audi at 2015 CES would be the world première of an all-new show car and the interior model of the new Audi Q7 would also be on display.
The piloted concept vehicle utilizes a combination of various sensors, many of which are close to production ready. The long range radar sensors of the adaptive cruise control (ACC) and the Audi side assist (ASA) keep watch of the front and rear of the vehicle. Two mid-range radar sensors at the front and rear respectively, are aimed to the right and left to complete the 360 degree view. Laser scanners are mounted within the Single frame grille and the rear bumper skirt. The scanners deliver redundant information to provide detailed recognition of static and dynamic objects during piloted driving.
The A7 piloted driving concept utilizes the latest technologically advanced systems developed by Audi. The concept relieves the driver of driving duties just over 110 km/h. The car, that has been affectionately been named "Jack" by the development team, and can initiate lane changes and passing maneuvers. The technologies are production ready including their vehicle integration and cost structure for vehicle production in the near future.
A new hi-resolution 3D video camera, already integrated into the next generation systems found in the new Q7, takes a wide-angle view out in front of the vehicle. Four small front and rear mounted cameras view closer surroundings. Navigation data is used for basic vehicle orientation. "The test drive from the west coast of California to Las Vegas demonstrates our leadership role in piloted driving", said Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi Board Member and Head of Technical Development.
The test drive in real world traffic and road conditions represents a joint effort by the Volkswagen Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) and Volkswagen Group Research and Development, begins today in Stanford, CA. The training for the journalist test drivers taking part in the 885 kms took place several weeks ago at the Arizona Proving Grounds. Each journalist will drive approximately 100 miles utilizing the piloted driving system. A trained Audi professional test driver will accompany the media from the passenger seat for added safety.