Audi Piloted Driving
More relaxed and safer driving in road traffic with fewer traffic jams and less environmental pollution. Piloted driving is a key development area at Audi, because of the many types of benefits it offers. The results of over 15 years of ongoing research and testing is now continually flowing into production development.
Today, Audi has already succeeded in efficiently and intelligently networking the complex technology of piloted driving. It has done so in a way that takes hardly any extra space in the car, does not add weight and barely uses any more energy. In striving to make the vision of piloted driving a reality, Audi has been testing the technology for a full 15 years at various locations – including the race track, which is the toughest test laboratory.
In October 2014, the brand with the four rings proved that piloted driving can even be extended driving at the limit. The Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept completed a lap of the Grand Prix course in Hockenheim without a driver at race speed. To ensure precise orientation on the course with centimetre accuracy, the vehicle made use of specially conditioned GPS data, which is transmitted to the car via the WLAN automotive standard as well as redundantly via high-frequency radio. Simultaneously, 3D cameras monitored the course by video. A computational program compares the information from the images to a data set that is stored in the vehicle.
Audi engineers have gained valuable knowledge from test drives that test to physical limits, including findings that are useful in developing automatic evasive manoeuvring functions in critical driving situations – which is an important prerequisite for piloted driving and greater safety in road traffic. Today, Audi already offers driver assistance systems that make driving more relaxed and superior. They range from Audi side assist to Audi active lane assist and finally adaptive cruise control with Stop&Go function including audi pre sense front.