On the sidelines of CES 2015, Audi announced that they will send a standalone prototype A7 Sportback from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas without any driver. Essentially, the Audi A7 Sportback piloted driving concept features the same system as that the autonomous Audi RS7 that caught 240 km/h at Hockenheimring.
Inside of the car will be journalists, who have been previously trained by Audi, but also a tester of the German company, with Ulrich Hackenberg, head of Audi’s R&D department stating that this test shows the leadership position of Audi in the autonomous car sector.
The car can move autonomously at speeds up to 110 km/h, having the ability to accelerate, brake, change direction, to overtake, but also to adapt its speed depending on the speed of other cars near it. In case something goes wrong, the system alerts the driver to take control and if the driver does not take control of the car, then the system stops it.
Audi says that many of the sensors in the car, will soon go into production. These consist of a wide-angle 3D camera, which records the area in front of the car, four cameras that are responsible for a very detailed record of the front and rear space of the laser Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Audi Side Assist (ASA) systems and even two sensors that measure the space to the right and left of the prototype vehicle. All these data, together with those of the navigation system, processed by a computational unit are responsible for the course of the car.