To demonstrate some of their new technology in automated driving, Audi readied an A7 Sportback concept to be test driven from Silicon Valley, California to Las Vegas, Nevada. The nearly 900km long route was tackled in the piloted concept vehicle that can handle all driving functions up to a speed of 110kmph. This means that the vehicle is capable of changing lanes, accelerating and braking and even taking turns without any intervention from the driver up till the speed limit indicated and of course, with the exception of unpredictable traffic environment.
A midrange radar sensor on the singleframe grille in front and one nestled in the rear bumper skirt are said to enable 360 degree vision while driving. Along with that, Audi have also equipped the vehicle with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Audi Side Assist (ASA). And if you‚Äôre flying swiftly through a clean, break free highway in ‚ÄėLook-ma-no-hands‚Äô mode and suddenly hit traffic, the car will signal that you need to take charge – in more ways than one. Apart from the driver info display, LEDS at the base of the windshield and a Central Status Indicator lighting up like it‚Äôs Christmas, there is also auditory warning. In the event that the driver fails to react, the car will be brought to a full stop, with the hazard lights activated.
Automotive scribes who sampled the piloted concept cars were trained for the drive during which each of them was accompanied by a professional test driver from Audi.
After the test drive, Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi board member for technical development said, “The results of the test drive underscores our piloted driving competency. I’d like to thank the team of Audi engineers, VW Group R&D and the electronics research laboratory for making it such a great success.”
The destination in Las Vegas was the 2015 chapter of the International Consumer Electronics Show, where the Ingolstadt-based carmaker will be presenting the driving automation technology along with the new Connect infotainment systems and LED and matrix laser lighting technology. A lot of the piloted vehicle technologies are said to be production ready, which means that Audi might be releasing these on the road in a not so faraway future.
Long-distance test drive successfully completed: Audi A7 Sportback piloted driving concept arrives in Las Vegas following 560 mile drive
Ôā∑ The Audi A7 piloted driving concept ‚ÄėJack‚Äô impresses through its
reliability and natural ability to drive in traffic
Ôā∑ Piloted driving system proves its real world functions and application
Ôā∑ Audi will show additional automotive innovations during the 2015
International Consumer Electronics Show (CES )
Ingolstadt/Las Vegas, January 5, 2015 ‚Äď The long-distance test drive with the
Audi A7 piloted driving concept concluded today following its 560-mile journey. A
selected group of journalists were able to experience piloted driving from behind
the wheel during the drive that began in Silicon Valley, California and ended in
Las Vegas, Nevada in time to attend the International CES 2015 (Consumer
Electronics Show). The concept vehicle impressed particularly through its ability
to provide a comfortable drive in rear world, everyday driving situations.
The Audi A7 3.0 TFSI quattro piloted driving concept proved itself very cabable of
driving in traffic just as customers do on a daily basis. Journalists that were behind
the wheel were impressed with the concept cars ability to drive comfortably and in
the logical user interface for which Audi is known. ‚ÄěThe results of the test drive
underscores our piloted driving competency‚Äú, said Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi
Board Member for Technical Development. ‚ÄěI‚Äėd like to thank the team of Audi
engineers, VW Group R&D and the Electronics Research Laboratory for making it
such a great success.‚Äú
The test drive resulted in actionable data to help further development of Audi
piloted driving. Even so it offered the longest drive at full highway speeds with
members of the public behind the wheel. The journalists were able to experience
piloted driving in 100 mile stints in various traffic situations on public highways . In
total, the the drive was 560 miles long, or approximately 900 kilometers. As
required by State laws in California, an experienced Audi test driver accompanied the
drive from the passenger seat.
*The collective fuel consumption of all models named above and available on the German
market can be found in the list provided at the end of this MediaInfo.
The concept vehicle utilizes various production-ready sensors as well as sensors
integrated into production vehicles today that accurately detect the vehicles
surroundings.Adaptive cruise control (ACC) and Audi side assist (ASA) long-range
radar sensors as well as mid-range radar sensors at the front and the rear of the
vehicle that are directed to the left and right of the vehicle provide the vehicle with a
360 degree view of its environment. Laser scanners are integrated into the front
Singleframe grille as well the rear bumper to provide additional detailed recognition
of static or dynamic objects. The redundance of the sensor data constists of a
continuous plausibility check during piloted driving to ensure the correct decisions
are being made the vehicle and the driver. Four smaller cameras at the front and
rear of the vehicle provide short-range information of the surrounding environment.
The hi-resolution, wide-angle 3D video camera, which will first see production in the
the new Audi Q7, obvserves the surrounding traffic surrounding the vehicle. The
sensors utilizes is close to production and meets financial targets for inclusion into
The concept relieves the driver of driving duties from 0 to 70 mph, or just over
110 km/h. The car can initiate lane changes and passing maneuvers as well as
accelerate and brake independently. Before initiating a lane change to the left or the
right (on US highways), the vehicle adapts its speed to surrounding vehicles. If the
speed and distance calculation is deemed safe, the vehicle initiates the lane change
with precision and in a timely manner.
Before the piloted driving system reaches its limitations, in city environments for
example, the driver is requested to take control of the vehicle to ensure proper
safety. Multiple warning signales work in unison: colored LEDs at the base of the
windshield, signals in the driver information display, a Central Status Indicator
(CSI), as well as a acoustic warning indicator requires the driver to retake control.
Audi will present its ‚ÄúNext Chapter‚ÄĚ at CES from January 6th through 9
Vegas. The technologies of today and the projects of tomorrow will be presented at
one of the most relevant, trendsetting electronic trade shows in the world. A
multitude of technologies and two world premieres including the interior model of
the new Q7 and another concept car will demonstrate the technological
competencies of Audi. Primary topics will include new user and display interfaces,
modern infotainment and new Audi connect solutions, as well as LED and laser-
matrix lighting technologies will be presented. These and additional highlights of
piloted driving will be shown. At the center of all of these topics is the car and its
communication with its surroundings.
Audi MediaTV is broadcasting live from the International CES 2015 and is covering
the Audi Press Conference on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. (Pacific
Standard Time) / 8:00 p.m. (CET) in its entirety.