Auto-Pilot Audi TT Climbs Pikes Peak

An autonomous Audi TTS developed by VW'a Electronics Research Lab, Stanford University and Audi has completed a run of the Pikes Peak hill climb course (cue bad pun about hairdresser TT drivers now being able to spend all their time looking in the mirror).

The self-driving TT took to the Pikes Peak course back in September and clocked up a time of 27 minutes fro the 12.42-mile course, and nudging a max speed of 47mph along the way.

Now, that might not sound brilliant, considering that a human driver could be expected to take a similar car up the hill in around 17 minutes, but it is a big step towards the experimental car's ultimate target of actually competing on the event for real.


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  • Greg_D 22 Nov 2010

    these things really are coming along now, aren't they. That's pretty cool


  • veejdub 22 Nov 2010

    pretty cool idea- takes the fun out of DRIVING though frown

  • ZOLLAR 22 Nov 2010

    veejdub said:
    pretty cool idea- takes the fun out of DRIVING though frown
    I'm sure if these things became an everyday Facility on cars there would be some sort of off button.
    I wonder what happens in the event of an accident what the insurance implications are? scratchchin

    Edited by ZOLLAR on Monday 22 November 09:12

  • exceed 22 Nov 2010

    well of course you would sue the manufacturer, you were but a mere passenger after all biggrin

  • Dr G 22 Nov 2010

    Sleep in the car, wake up when you get to the office - I'm in laugh

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