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Audi RS 7 Concept Taken to the Limit With No Driver

[Press release]  Audi scored yet another major success in the development of piloted driving: Before the season finale of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM), the latest technology pioneer was running up to its physical limit, with no driver. It took the Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept just slightly over two minutes to complete a lap on the Grand Prix track in Hockenheim – piloted with high precision and accuracy to within centimeters.

For orientation on the track, the technology pioneer uses specially corrected GPS signals. This GPS data is transmitted to the vehicle via WiFi according to the automotive standard and redundantly via high-frequency radio. In parallel to this, 3D cameras in the car film the track, and a computer program compares the cameras’ image information against a data set stored on board. This is what makes it possible for the technology pioneer to orient itself on the track within centimeters.

Piloted driving is one of the most important development fields at Audi: The first successful developments were achieved ten years ago. The test results continually flow into series development. The latest test runs at the physical limit are providing the Audi engineers with insights for the development of automatic avoidance functions in critical driving situations, for example.

Driver assistance systems from Audi are already making driving more relaxed and better controlled. These systems’ highest level of development can be experienced in the updated Audi A6* and Audi A7 Sportback* model series. The offerings include Audi side assist, Audi active lane assist, and adaptive cruise control with Stop&Go function including Audi pre sense front.

Autocar Names 458 Speciale Britain’s Best Driver Car
[Press release]  Ferrari’s 458 Speciale has come out on top in an annual group test run by Autocar, to find “Britain’s Best Driver Car.” This essentially means it’s the best car as far as the demanding drivers in the UK are concerned, a country that has always appreciated fine automobilies.
Maranello’s V8 won over the eight judges with its amazing performance, setting the fastest lap time at Castle Combe circuit, beating a McLaren 650S and a Porsche 911 GT3, combined with the thrills it provides at the wheel. “Everyone who climbed out of the 458 Speciale wanted to climb straight back in and do it all over again” said Autocar. 
Apart from showing off all its dynamic qualities on the race track, it also delivered in the English countryside, dealing with the always-entertaining B roads, whose lumps and bumps, stop-start corners and narrow lanes can be a stern test of the most sporty cars. Its 8 cylinder engine has won the “Best Performance Engine” award three times and this was just one of the factors that made for an extraordinary consensus when it came to the Maranello car. Also taken into account were its overall balance and the ease of driving on the limit, thanks to the electronic control systems such as SSC (Side Slip Control).

Autocar Names 458 Speciale Britain’s Best Driver Car

[Press release]  Ferrari’s 458 Speciale has come out on top in an annual group test run by Autocar, to find “Britain’s Best Driver Car.” This essentially means it’s the best car as far as the demanding drivers in the UK are concerned, a country that has always appreciated fine automobilies.

Maranello’s V8 won over the eight judges with its amazing performance, setting the fastest lap time at Castle Combe circuit, beating a McLaren 650S and a Porsche 911 GT3, combined with the thrills it provides at the wheel. “Everyone who climbed out of the 458 Speciale wanted to climb straight back in and do it all over again” said Autocar. 

Apart from showing off all its dynamic qualities on the race track, it also delivered in the English countryside, dealing with the always-entertaining B roads, whose lumps and bumps, stop-start corners and narrow lanes can be a stern test of the most sporty cars. Its 8 cylinder engine has won the “Best Performance Engine” award three times and this was just one of the factors that made for an extraordinary consensus when it came to the Maranello car. Also taken into account were its overall balance and the ease of driving on the limit, thanks to the electronic control systems such as SSC (Side Slip Control).