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Audi A7 Concept Drives By Itself from California to Las Vegas

To demonstrate its leadership in piloted driving, last weekend Audi let a team of journalists pilot an Audi A7 autonomous car from Silicon Valley, California to Las Vegas to attend the Consumer Electronics Show.

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To demonstrate its leadership in piloted driving, last weekend Audi let a team of journalists pilot an Audi A7 autonomous car from Silicon Valley, California to Las Vegas to attend the Consumer Electronics Show.
The trip covered more than 550 miles, but the journalists did not have to physically drive the A7 concept, since it’s capable of driving on its own at speeds up to 70 mph. The system only works on the highway, but it can initiate lane changes and passing maneuver, in addition to accelerating and braking independently.

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The A7 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 objects during piloted driving. A 3D video camera 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.

The A7 piloted driving concept car will be shown at CES from January 6-9.

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