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BY: Jonathan

Self-Driving Audi A7 Piloted From Silicon Valley To Las Vegas For CES

The 550 mile journey will showcase Audi's latest advances in self-driving technology.

[gallery ids="542008"] Via Audi: The test drive from the west coast of California to Las Vegas demonstrates our leadership role in piloted driving “, said Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi Board Member and Head of Technical Development. The test drive in real world traffic and road conditions represents a joint effort by the Volkswagen Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) und Volkswagen Group Research and Development, begins today in Stanford, CA. The Audi A7 piloted driving concept will drive more than 550 miles, approximately 900 kilometers. The A7 piloted driving concept utilizes the latest technologically advanced systems developed by Audi. The concept relieves the driver of driving duties from 0 to 70 mph, or just over 110 km/h. The car, that has been affectionately been named „Jack“ by the development team, can initiate lane changes and passing maneuvers. In addition, the A7 piloted driving concept accelerates and brakes independently. Before initiating a lane change to the left or the right, 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. The piloted concept vehicle utilizes a combination of various sensors, many of which are close to production ready. The long range radar sensors of the adaptive cruise control (ACC) and the Audi side assist (ASA) keep watch of the front and rear of the vehicle. Two mid-range radar sensors at the front and rear respectively are aimed to the right and left to complete the 360 degree view. Laser scanners are mounted within the Singleframe grille and the rear bumper skirt. The scanners deliver redundant information to provide detailed recognition of static and dynamic objets during piloted driving. The technologies are production ready including their vehicle integration and cost structure for vehicle production in the near future. A new hi-resolution 3D video camera, already integrated into the next generation systems found in the new Q7, takes a wide-angle view out in front of the vehicle. Four small front and rear mounted cameras view closer surroundings. Navigation data is used for basic vehicle orientation. 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. Should the driver ignore the signals, the system activates the hazard lights and brings the car to a full stop while minimizing any risk. In most instances the vehicle is stopped on the right emergency lane. The training for the jounalist test drivers taking part in the 550 mile trek took place several weeks ago at the Arizona Proving Grounds. Each journalist will drive approximately 100 miles utilizing the piloted driving system. A trained Audi professional test driver will accompany the media from the passenger seat for added safety.
January 05, 2015 at 03:59 PM
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BY: Bix

Audi RS7: A 553 Horsepower, 189 MPH Super-Sedan-Hatch

A.k.a. our dream daily driver.

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553 horsepower, 553 pound-feet of torque. Amazingly enough, those aren't outrageous figures in this era of super-sedans—the Cadillac CTS-V has bettered those numbers' since its 2008 debut, for example. But what's impressive is how the new Audi RS7 makes all that power.

January 15, 2013 at 01:06 PM
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BY: Bix

First Drive: 2012 Audi A7

An excellent choice for your five-day-a-week car.

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Story: Will Sabel Courtney

It’s entirely common for car enthusiasts to have a second car they drive on weekends. Usually, it’s some sort of less-than-practical two-seat sports car. It’s often a couple years old, but almost always well-maintained and extremely well-loved. But what about the car you have to drive the other five days a week? Those unsung automotive heroes who have to handle the daily grind, who deal with traffic and commuting and hauling friends and family around? The cars who you expect to deal with your day-to-day crap without complaint? Surely they deserve some love. And surely there’s no reason they can’t be entertaining, too.

June 28, 2012 at 04:29 PM
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BY: Bix

The 2013 6 Series Gran Coupe Is BMW's CLS

Just don't call it that. BMW probably wouldn't like it.

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If you're in that small percentage of potential BMW buyers who find the 3 Series too small, the 7 Series too large, the 5 Series too plain, the 6 Series too impractical, and the 5 Series GT too, uh, confusing, BMW now has something you might find just right: the 6 Series Gran Coupe.

December 12, 2011 at 05:50 PM
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BY: Bix

Audi RS7 Caught Without Camouflage

Viva Las Vegas!

We dig the Audi A7. It's fun to drive, loaded with state-of-the-art tech, and looks sexy enough to pose on Wakiki Beach in a two-piece for the next Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
August 04, 2011 at 06:17 PM
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