Audi A7 Sportback Piloted Drive Covers 560 Miles To Las Vegas

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The 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show of 2015 is underway. German luxury automobile manufacturer Audi is also present at the show with their piloted driving concept vehicle. Audi will also show other automotive innovations during CES 2015.

The drive in Audi A7 Sportback commenced from Silicon Valley, California. Their final destination was Las Vegas, Nevada where the CES 2015 is being held. The piloted driving concept had a task of competing 560 miles through traffic and other obstacles.

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi Board Member for Technical Development, expressed, "I‘d like to thank the team of Audi engineers, VW Group R&D and the Electronics Research Laboratory for making it such a great success."

He further added, "The results of the test drive underscores our piloted driving competency."

The vehicle used was Audi A7 with a 3.0-litre TFSI quattro engine. A select group of journalists were given the opportunity to experience, piloted driving concept. They had no hassle with the German engineers easy to use interface and the concept worked well in traffic as well, which was impressive.

The data collected from the 560 miles will go a long way in developing Audi's piloted driving concept. The German manufacturer had to apply for special permission as needed by State laws of California. An Audi test driver was present at all times in the passenger seat incase of any mishap.

The driver of the vehicle can relax as the concept takes care of manoeuvres from 0 to 110 km/h. Audi's concept can perform lane changes as well as overtake other vehicles. It can also accelerate and brake on its own by judging the surroundings.

German engineers have named their system ‘Jack'. They have used several sensors and camera to achieve the outcome. Audi engineers have used Adaptive Cruise Control, Audi Side Assist, four smaller cameras, along with 3d video camera. It also makes use of radars and lasers to navigate around obstacles in the real world.

Story first published: Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 15:32 [IST]
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