Audi A7 piloted driving concept’s latest feat marks a successful journey in everyday driving situations having undertaken its longest drive at full highway speeds with real people behind the wheel. Audi A7 3.0 TFSI quattro piloted driving concept was able to drive in traffic just as customers do. Test drive results underscore Audi’s piloted driving competency says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi Board Member for Technical Development.
He thanked the team of Audi engineers, VW Group R&D and Electronics Research Laboratory for making it a success. Data collected will be helpful in further development of Audi piloted driving. Piloted driving experiences were planned in 100 mile stints to include various traffic situations on public highways. As State laws in California require, an experienced Audi test driver accompanied the drive from the passenger seat.
Jack the Audi A7 3.0 TFSI quattro piloted driving concept vehicle is fitted with production-ready sensors and sensors already integrated into production vehicles to accurately detect vehicle surroundings. Adaptive cruise control (ACC) and Audi side assist (ASA) long-range radar sensors and mid-range radar sensors are directed to vehicle sides for a 360 degree view of its environment.
Laser scanners integrated in the front single frame grille and rear bumper provides additional detailed recognition of static or dynamic objects. Data is necessary at this stage of piloted driving so correct decisions are made. 4 smaller cameras at the front and rear provide short-range information of surrounding environment. Hi-resolution, wide-angle 3D video camera to be seen in the new Audi Q7, observes traffic surrounding the piloted driving concept vehicle. Sensors used are close to production and meet financial targets for inclusion into future products.
Audi A7 Sportback piloted driving concept vehicle relieves the driver when going from 0-70 mph (just over 110 km/h), and takes charge of lane changes and passing maneuvers, while accelerating and braking independently. Prior to a lane change to the left or right (on US highways), it adapts its speed to surrounding vehicles and lane change is made if speed and distance calculation is deemed safe. Before piloted driving system reaches its limitations, the driver is requested to take control of the vehicle for proper safety. Coloured LEDs at windshield base, signals in driver information display, a Central Status Indicator (CSI), and acoustic warning indicator are sounded for a driver to retake control.