Audi heats up self-driving car competition by demonstrating how fast its car can go

Company claims its car is currently the fastest autonomous vehicle at the moment after speedy showing off
Audi heats up self-driving car competition by demonstrating how fast its car can

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]