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Published Date: 23/12/2015

Audi RS7 drives circuit autonomously in record time

Audi's RS7 has again proven that driverless cars don't have to be slow.

The autonomous Audi RS7 'piloted driving' concept has once more beaten record times without the interventions of a driver around the quick Parcmotor race track near Barcelona in Spain.

Audi RS7 drives circuit autonomously in record time

With an average lap speed of 73mph, the concept nicknamed 'Robby" completed the unusual figure-8 circuit in 2'07.67 with no active driver. Using a mix of 3D camera and GPS technology to analyse its location and surroundings, the RS7 is capable of near perfect lines and application of brakes, steering and throttle.

'Robby' is the latest development of the piloted driving concept. Earlier this year a car called 'Jack' drove journalists nearly 560 miles from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas on public roads, then tried its hand at German autobahns at speeds of around 80mph. Last year a prototype called 'Bobby' tackled Hockenheimring in Germany, peaking at 149mph, while 'Robby' has already beaten sports car drivers around Sonoma Raceway in California this year.

Robby totes a 560hp, 4-litre petrol V8 the same as the RS7 road car, capable of 29.7mpg when not being used as a race car! It's also nearly 400kg lighter than the first prototypes for this technology.

With successful test like this already completed, piloted driving is due to make its production debut in the next generation Audi A8, assuming driving tasks such as parking, stop-and-go traffic and up to 40mph on roads.

Intended to supplement rather than replace drivers, the piloted driving system is useful for personal mobility in less than ideal conditions, decreasing stress and enhancing comfort and freedom on the road.

For more information on the Audi RS7, contact your local Inchcape Audi site.

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