Audi is giving us some positive information after being tarnished together with its parent Volkswagen and it has to do with the well known motto: “Vorsprung Durch Technik”.
Their RS 7 piloted driving concept – a driverless prototype – has nailed a new lap record at the Parcmotor race track near Barcelona, Spain. During one of the trial runs, the autonomous concept managed to – without any human input – to navigate the 2.6 mile (4.2 km) long race track in 2:07.67 minutes – the average speed was of more than 73 mph (117 km/h). Nicknamed Robby, the car was introduced earlier this year and comes as an upgrade of the previous RS 7 piloted driving concept which was called Bobby. It is now around 881 lbs (400 kg) lighter than its forbearer and comes packing a punch under the hood: the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine churning out 552 bhp (560 PS / 412 kW) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque.
As for the autonomous wizardry, the real magic uses a 3D camera and super-accurate GPS signals to make its way, with the information sent to powerful computers that also compare the readings to what they already have preprogrammed onboard. For example, the 3D images are run against a backdrop of known features such as buildings to accurately pinpoint the exact location. This enabled the RS 7 to go full throttle on the straight lines, brake as much as needed in the bends and also follow the near perfect line of the course.