Audi held an original event to demonstrate that the Audi piloted driving technology from the brand with the four rings is now a reality.
The FC Barcelona players Gerard Piqué, Marc-André ter Stegen and Sergi Roberto shared a day of tests where, in principle, they waited for a professional driver who would teach them the secrets of sports driving on the circuit aboard a very special car: “Robbie”, nickname by which the second generation of the Audi RS7 piloted driving concept is known.
What they did not imagine was that once on the track, their private "teacher" was going to be more aware of them than of the steering wheel of the prototype with a 8 hp V560 engine.
The nerves of the players of the FC Barcelona first team were transformed into surprise when they found that even with its driver focused on getting autographs from his stars, the RS 7 piloted driving concept did not stop speeding up braking or tracing corners with millimeter precision, reaching speeds of up to 240 km / h. The reactions of the players and the development of the action are recorded in a fun video that can be seen from today on the Audi and FC Barcelona social networks.
Audi has previously put autonomous driving to the test both on the road and on circuits, with always spectacular results. In 2010, a driverless Audi TTS completed the climb to the legendary Pikes Peak in Colorado, and the same vehicle rolled in 2012 at the California Thunderhill Raceway circuit.
During 2015, an Audi A7 Sportback piloted driving concept demonstrated the potential of this technology in increasing safety, comfort and efficiency when traveling on public roads from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas, on German highways and in traffic. Shanghai.
Earlier, at the end of 2014, the first generation of the Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept completed a lap of the Hockenheim circuit reaching speeds of up to 240 km / h, and rolled in fast lap times at the Ascari circuit.
The second generation of this prototype, with an output of 560 hp and up to 400 kg lighter than its predecessor, set a new milestone last summer by setting better times than those of sports drivers at the demanding Sonoma Raceway circuit in California.
Audi's autonomous driving will make its debut in series production in the next generation of the Audi A8. The system will be able to take control of the car in parking maneuvers, or in situations of congestion on highways at speeds of up to 60 km / h.