At Hockenheim Circuit, a mysterious –really fast car driver named Bobby has just debuted itself to the world. Actually, it’s a driverless concept car system that piloted an Audi RS7 for a trial run on a race track. He’s really fast and as well drives precisely like some of the pro-drivers we know. It proves its driving prowess with a stunning lap of just over two minutes where it went five seconds quicker at speeds up to 150 mph.
“The top performance by the Audi RS 7 today substantiates the skills of our development team with regard to piloted driving at Audi,” said Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, board member for Technical Development at Audi AG. “The derivations from series production, particularly in terms of precision and performance, are of great value for our further development steps.”
When Bobby take over on the RS7 driver’s seat, he got a map of the track with left and right boundaries defined where it accurately determine the best line for precise driving time around. When on track, the RS7 driverless concept car uses “specially corrected GPS signals transmitted via WiFi according to automotive standards and redundantly via high-frequency radio. In parallel to this, 3D cameras in the car film the track, and a computer program compares the cameras’ image information against a data set stored on board.”
This technology will make the driverless car capable of orienting itself within centimeters, making it precise and safe when out on streets. But still, Audi needs to prove all the capabilities of the driverless system out on the streets and traffic –though the race track is a good start for its debut.
The autonomous driving have been on the streets for several years now, Google and recently Tesla have their systems for auto-pilot driving, however, there are still several challenges to push the technology on streets. Consideration of unpredictable situations on the street, the masses that could clogged streets when anyone can have their car drive autonomously for them, connectivity barriers, liability questions, regulatory unknowns, lack of universal industry standards, and other technological limitations. Apparently, it seemed the technology, has been silently inching itself with the following features: such as self-parking, adaptive cruise control, lane assist, automatic braking have been rolling out for every new cars nowadays.
Audi might be pushing for semi-autonomous driving for now, in which you can ask Bobby to drive for you as an option(considering road-traffic situations), but we hope through the fast improvements of this tech we could have a fully automated driving cars on streets. How about booking a highly-integrated driverless Uber taxi?
This post has been sponsored by Audi, but concerns our own opinion.