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 |  Sep 17 2010, 12:40 PM

UPDATE: Audi’s official statement below

Jalopnik is reporting that an Audi commercial shoot at Pikes Peak took a tragic turn after a helicopter crashed during filming. Reports say that the pilot is in critical condition with the other three passengers injured as well.

The commercial apparently involved the autonomous TTS, with the helicopter filming the driverless car as it made its way up Pikes Peak. We’ll have more on the story as information becomes available. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.

[Source: Jalopnik]

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 |  May 11 2010, 5:22 PM


It’s always been a goal of mine to learn how to slide into a parking spot, similar to how all the cool guys do it in Hollywood blockbusters. It’s a totally frivolous thing to master, and the chances of ever being able to use it are negligible. In any case, it looks like it will become a totally obsolete party trick now that robots can do it too.

Yes, that’s right. Robots. Stanford University and Volkswagen have had a long partnership in developing autonomous vehicles, fancy speak for cars that drives themselves. As the video explains, making a car go straight on its own isn’t too difficult, but turning is a little bit tougher. Sliding the car is a whole other operation in itself, as the handling characteristics are vastly more unpredictable. Evidently, the Stanford researchers have found a way around this, and have put together a couple neat videos to explain the process in layman’s terms.

Video after the jump

[Source:  Crunchgear]

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