Audi has updated its self-driving race car and brought it to the U.S. for testing.
This special RS 7 is fitted with Audi’s “Piloted Driving” technology and managed to lap the Sonoma Raceway in California in 2:01.01 without a driver in the car.
“In Sonoma, we took the Audi RS7 piloted driving concept to its physical limits lap after lap, and it handled the task with uniform precision,” says Thomas Müller, the man responsible for the development of brake, steering and driver assistance systems at Audi. “The car turned in lap times that were better than those of sports car drivers.”
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This new car, nicknamed “Robby,” makes 560 hp and is fitted with automated controls that power the electromechanical power steering, brakes, throttle valve and eight-speed transmission. 3D cameras make sure that Robby can monitor its surroundings in real time and compare the images with a database of reference points, such as buildings at the track.
Robby is a replacement for “Bobby,” the first RS7 Piloted Driving concept which lapped Hockenheim without a driver. Audi also shaved an incredible 881 lbs off of the new car, making it more agile.
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