Monday, September 22, 2014

Audi Paving the Way For Autonomous Driving

Audi A7 Traffic Jam Pilot prototype in California

Perhaps in 10 years or so the idea of manually driving your car will be a faint memory, but for now having your car drive itself is still a bit alien for some of us. However, Audi is paving the way for autonomous driving with its first permit issued by California.

Audi has actually already been testing in Europe and various U.S. states. Audi was the first OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) to gain a Nevada autonomous driving plate in 2012, and the first to test on the new Florida connected car expressway.

You may have heard about the Autonomous Audi TTS Pikes Peak car, which completed a 12.42-mile route of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race in Colorado in 27 minutes without a human in the car. Here's a short clip from that drive...

California has allowed limited use of roads in the past, but new regulations allow testing on any state road and require surety bond coverage of at least $5 million for each vehicle covered by a license.

I don't know about you, but I don't think I'll ever be 100% comfortable with giving up complete control to the car. I do love the adaptive cruise control with the Stop-and-Go feature, but other than that, I'm going to keep my hands on the steering wheel. What about you?

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Source: Audi USA News

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