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Published Date: 04/04/2016

Automated car technology is on the rise, with many cars in the future expected to be fitted with features that could mean you are driven by the car, rather than you drive it.


With work in the recent years by technicians on projects that will help to improve and develop the autonomous car idea, Audi showed off a driverless A8 L Saloon at the Berlin Film Festival last month.

Picking up world renowned actor Daniel Brühl, famous for his roles in the films Inglourious Basterds and Rush, and his girlfriend Felicitas Rumbold, the A8 L piloted itself from their hotel to the Berlinale Palast, passing famous monuments and sites along the way, whilst logging and calculating its own movements as it travelled to its destination.

Driving through the Berlin traffic unaided, the long wheelbase version of the A8 saloon was able to take its passengers in comfort and style and delivered Brühl and Rombold to the red carpet with no hassle and in a chauffeur-like manner.

Since testing the system on an American salt lake in 2009, Audi has been trying to push the boundaries of autonomous driving, with an Audi TTS conquering the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 2010, without a driver present.

With test platforms also driven on the roads of Nevada in 2013, Audi has also demonstrated piloted parking, where the car parked itself after the driver had left the vehicle to leave the car to do the work. The driver then recalled the car thanks to a smartphone application.

With piloted systems becoming more prominent and more advanced in new cars, these systems will be on the road more often than not in the very near future.

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