Audi puts journalists “behind the wheel” for long distance, real world test

Today, an Audi A7 is driving from Silicon Valley to the Consumer Electronics Show, a distance of 885 km. But, this is no normal drive.

Audi has brought together a number of journalists to “pilot” an autonomous Audi A7, completely free of human intervention, in a real world test of Audi’s self-driving technologies. Each journalist will drive 100 miles (approximately 160 km) during the test.

The autonomous system in the A7 uses nearly production-ready sensor technology to find its way through traffic and perform lane changes and passing maneuvers without the direction of a driver.

Before the A7 reaches areas too complex for its autonomous systems, the car requests intervention from the driver to take control.

550 mile piloted drive from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas

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