Self-driving cars are the future and Audi is embracing that future by demonstrating how fast its self-driving cars can go.
Audi claims that its RS7 demo is officially the "fastest autonomous car on the planet." Its 560-horsepower RS7 apparently hit 149mph at the Hockhehimring course. This all happened during Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) season, DTM being Germany’s answer to NASCAR racing.
Pedal to the metal
There’s a whole playlist of video to demonstrate the RS7 going really, really fast. There’s in-car footage as well that can be slightly disconcerting to watch. Will we ever really get used to a car going very fast with no one at the wheel?
The RS7 is a pretty impressive vehicle with 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbocharged engine. It’s rated as having 412kW and 700Nm of torque. Throw in an eight-speed automated gearbox and you’d agree it’s a sweet ride with or without self-driving tools.
With all that horsepower, how is the car controlled autonomously? Well, it’s all about sensors. The sensors work hand-in-hand with GPS navigation, digital maps and Audi’s proprietary software.
The demo lap saw the RS7 take only 1min 57 seconds, which is really impressive for a driverless car. Now, do we want driverless cars to go very fast with no one at the steering wheel?
Audi’s self-driving tech is still in testing and development, but the company is pretty confident that when self-driving tech’s massive rollout happens, that it’ll be right there in front with the best.READ MORE: Cars, cars, cars, we keep you in the know
[Source: The Verge]