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by Tim Beissmann

The Audi RS7 Piloted Driving Concept Car has successfully navigated its way around Germany’s Hockenheimring at racing speed in a demonstration of the brand’s advancements in autonomous driving technology.

As anticipated, the driverless RS7 Sportback took a little over two minutes to complete a lap of the 4.6-kilometre circuit, using a super-accurate GPS system, forward-facing camera system, and a comprehensive on-board networking system to operate its steering, throttle valve, brakes, eight-speed automatic transmission and quattro all-wheel-drive system.

“The top performance by the Audi RS7 today substantiates the skills of our development team with regard to piloted driving at Audi,” said Audi AG board member for technical development, Professor Ulrich Hackenberg.

“The derivations from series production – particularly in terms of precision and performance – are of great value for our further development steps.”

Audi already offers a number of ‘piloted’ technologies in its A6 and A7 production vehicles, such as side assist, active lane assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go function, and the pre sense front system.

Experts from Volkswagen Group Research, the Electronics Research Laboratory and Stanford University are supporting Audi as partners in further developing its piloted systems.