Autonomous, driverless cars are a hot topic at the moment. Audi has taken its version of the technology, called piloted driving, to its logical conclusion by lapping a driverless Audi RS7 Sportback at Hockenheim, at race speed.

Audi’s system uses GPS data transmitted to the car via WiFi, and 3D cameras mounted in the car; the images are compared against an existing data set stored in the car to determine exactly where the car is on track.

The result was a lap completed in a little over two minutes at speeds approaching 140mph, on a near-perfect line.

Audi has been working on autonomous driving tech for the last decade. “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,” Audi says.

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member for Technical Development at Audi AG, said: “The top performance by the Audi RS7 today substantiates the skills of our development team with regard to piloted driving at Audi.”

“The derivations from series production, particularly in terms of precision and performance, are of great value for our further development steps.”

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