Audi is preparing a driverless example of its new RS7 Sportback at the Hockenheim race circuit in Germany next week.
The images and video show incredibly complex computer systems guiding the RS7’s steering, brakes, throttle and transmission using GPS, radio signals and a 3D imaging camera to set the scorching lap. Other than that, the autonomous RS7 remains identical to a production model.
With 552bhp and a 190mph top speed, the driverless RS7 is capable of achieving 1.1g cornering forces, driving as hard as it would with a skilled racing driver at the wheel. Audi, however, says the tech is even more useful of normal road use where it can negotiate stop/start traffic without driver input. This is why Audi is also unveiling the Piloted Driving technology on its road cars.
The driverless Audi will also appear soon at the famous Nurburgring Nordschleife, which features 154 corners, as it bids to set a benchmark lap time for an autonomous car.