Self-driving Audis demonstrated


Audi has built two demonstrators which, it says, are capable of driving themselves.

This is how you'll park your Audi in future
This is how you'll park your Audi in future
The A7 Sportback and A6 Avant showcase Audi’s ‘piloted driving’ system, which uses a series of cameras and sensors combined with adaptive cruise control to enable ‘hands-free’ driving. Audi stops short of saying that the system will allow the car to drive itself under normal driving conditions, but the system does allow the car to park itself with absolutely no driver involvement. It can even do so via remote control from a mobile phone app.

The system works by analysing the car’s surroundings with the use of radar sensors, a wide-angle video camera, eight ultrasonic sensors and a laser scanner. Using the information it determines from these sources, it then helps to steer the car ‘within certain constraints’, and takes care of acceleration and braking for you. The system works whether or not there are lane markings, and will react to cars moving in and out of the lane ahead.

'Grand Theft Auto's graphics have gone downhill...
'Grand Theft Auto's graphics have gone downhill...
So far, so electro-nannyish, then, but the one feature of this system that really caught our eye is the remote control parking function. Simply point your car at a parking space, get out, and with a couple of swipes of the system’s mobile phone interface, or a press of a button on the keyfob, your car will park itself. Blimey.

This is all pretty space-age stuff, but Audi says that these demonstrators show how this technology could be adapted for its future models, meaning you can expect to see it on the options list of Audi’s higher-end models before too long. So, the next time you see an A8 pulling into a car parking space, don’t be surprised if there’s nobody at the wheel...

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  • TheHeretic 24 Jan 2013

    thinfourth2 said:
    however have a system so i can send the car into town by itself and it does the shopping and other really boring crap and i'll be impressed
    MkI Butler.

  • thinfourth2 24 Jan 2013

    So what a self parking car

    This is the end of the world?



    Ah feck it. its not like parking is enjoyable


    however have a system so i can send the car into town by itself and it does the shopping and other really boring crap and i'll be impressed

  • TheHeretic 24 Jan 2013

    y2blade said:
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz sleep
    I'm convinced people think there is some sort of secret PH bingo where you mention certain things and you get points or something. It's quite a predictable game.

  • y2blade 24 Jan 2013

    Andy ap said:
    Fantastic next there'll be An app for driving up your arse, fog lights permantly on and forgetting to use your indicators
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz sleep

  • Andy ap 24 Jan 2013

    Fantastic next there'll be An app for driving up your arse, fog lights permantly on and forgetting to use your indicators

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