X

EU Visitor Notice: This Website Uses Cookies

This website uses cookies to improve user experience, to provide analytical data to better serve our visitors, and to serve advertising to fund our operations. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy.

Your preference will be saved for 90 days, or until you clear your browser cookies.


I AGREE
I DISAGREE
Learn More

Audi First to Test Self-Driving Cars in Florida

by Kenny Hoeschen

Although we’ve seen tests of autonomous vehicles in places like Silicon Valley and Sweden, only four states in the U.S. currently allow any sort of testing in this area on public roads. Florida’s Governor, Rick Scott, signed legislation into law in 2012 making testing legal in the state, joining California, Michigan, and Nevada.

audi_tests_autonomous_vehicle_in_florida_1zoom in

Audi is the first automaker to test its cars on Florida’s roads, bringing its Piloted Driving 2012 Audi A7 to the Sunshine State. Riding along on the early tests was the Governor himself, and the Tampa Bay Times caught his drive on video, seen above. Audi’s Piloted Driving system allows the car to take over the mundane task of not crashing at speeds of up to 40 mph. The vehicle can steer, brake, and control its own speed.

The test itself was done on part of Tampa, Florida’s Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, which is seen as an ideal testbed because the roadway has reversible lanes used during rush hour that can be closed down while the automakers run their tests. Audi tested its car outside of normal rush hour, between the hours of 10:00 am and 3:30 pm over a four-mile length of the road.

audi_tests_autonomous_vehicle_in_florida_2zoom in

audi_tests_autonomous_vehicle_in_florida_3zoom in

audi_tests_autonomous_vehicle_in_florida_4zoom in

Home | About | Suggest | Contact | Team | Links | Privacy | Disclosure © 2013-2017 Awesomer Media

Awesome Stuff: The Awesomer | Gadgets, Games + Gizmos: Technabob