Audi RS7 Autonomous Car Finishes Hockenheim Run

 |  October 19, 2014

by Paul Strauss

We told you a few days ago about Audi’s plans to take an autonomous version of its RS7 sports coupe on a race track, and let it negotiate the course at full racing speed. With the exception of an over-capacity website, the event went off without a hitch, and we now have a highlight reel from Audi showing off the feat. There’s a full version of the event below, with the drive itself kicking off about 14 minutes in.

The 560 horsepower automated car spent about two minutes on Germany’s famous Hockenheimring, hitting every line with precision, completing the circuit without any problems. While it’s certainly an impressive technical feat, I have to say that it didn’t seem as thrilling as I expected it to be. Perhaps it’s the lack of other cars on the track, or the lack of a driver behind the wheel, but the announcer’s enthusiasm seems to belie the calm demeanor of the car as it effortlessly navigates the course at speeds approaching 150mph.

I’d love to see a race between multiple autonomous cars, each programmed with the logic to try and beat the other cars on the course. That could be interesting.

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