With technological advancements like these, we wonder, where will the world go in a few years from now on, when there will be no cars for the drivers. Every now and then we get a report about some manufacturer testing their driverless car. Google, the I.T giant has been working on the project for some years now, while recently we reported on how Tesla built a 'D'; a model for its Tesla S, which can change the lane itself!
The latest to enter this list is none other than the Audi. The German manufacturer is famous for building cars which are a boon for the drivers, but taking a complete U-turn, they recently tested their driverless, RS7, which is said to be the 'sportiest piloted driving car in the world'. Although, Audi, raced a driverless TTS on the Bonneville Salt Flats, few years back and later tested it on the Pikes Peak, but this time, the league is different altogether.
Talking about the technology, the RS7 Sportback used for the demonstration purposes will be integrating the computer system with steering, brakes, throttle and transmission. It is also combined with the GPS, high-frequency radio signals and 3D imaging camera to drive the vehicle on its own. The vehicle will not only drive in the slow speeds, stop-and-go traffic, but will also go around the track as if a professional racing driver is pushing it.
"We are pressing forward with one of the most important trends in the automotive world with our technical solutions for piloted driving," says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member for Technical Development at AUDI AG. "The utter fascination of this development will be put on display at the DTM race in Hockenheim. A lap time of just over two minutes and lateral acceleration of up to 1.1 g speak for themselves."
A test track in the Hockenheimring was utilized to demonstrate the capabilities of the Audi RS 7. It was tested on how the car did when driven at a full throttle on the straights, full braking and precise turn in and out around the corner. The results were mind boggling, with a maximum speed achieved of 240kmph and a lap time of 2 minutes and 10 seconds. A G-Force of over 1.3 g was also experienced during the braking, and lateral acceleration in the corners was 1.1 g.
It will be interesting to see, how far, the Audi will take this technology.