Autonomous Vehicles

Published on February 19th, 2016 | by James Ayre


Autonomous Audi A8 L W12 Hits The Red Carpet

February 19th, 2016 by  

Originally published on EV Obsession.

Autonomous cars seem to be everywhere nowadays (that’s an exaggeration, I know), with the latest sighting being a driverless Audi A8 L W12 that served as a VIP shuttle at Berlinale.

The driverless Audi in question apparently relied upon easily identifiable buildings for its orientation, along with other computations. This was then compared against a map to allow the vehicle to chauffeur the VIP passengers in question to the event’s red carpet.

Audi autonomous driverless

The Audi Board Member for Technical Development, Dr Ing Stefan Knirsch, commented: “We are developing and testing our technologies for piloted driving under all conditions. We have already proven that we can have piloted cars drive safely on a race track and on the expressway. At the Berlinale, we have now mastered a complex urban traffic situation with maximum ease.”

The picture above certainly seems to show just that, and the occupants themselves appear to be quite happy with the results. The autonomous Q7 was reportedly programmed to drive the way a chauffeur would, making a slow and smooth approach right to the curb.

Green Car Congress provides some related news:

Audi is deploying some 300 vehicles at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival, roughly 100 of which are equipped with hybrid drivetrains. The stars of this year’s Berlinale will ride to the Berlinale Palast in the new Audi Q7 e-tron quattro.

For more information on the Audi Q7 e-tron Quattro SUV, see: Audi’s e-Tron Quattro To Possess “New Standard For Vehicle Handling” and Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI Quattro Specs Revealed.

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  • It’s like Audi is in school @ show and tell yelling “me to, me to, me to”. Audi YOU where not the first and you wont be the last. Props TESLA, props!

    All the best,
    Aaron Lephart

  • Stan Hlegeris

    It’s all lipstick on a pig as long as it relies on an oil-burning engine. Come on, Audi–you’re now about eight years behind Tesla and you think that layering modern electronics on an obsolete drive train will help you catch up?

    • accolade

      fuel is fuel, just be glad consumers have an option now between electric, hybrid or gasoline. Where as we didn’t 16 years ago.

    • Jenny Sommer

      It’s foolish to believe that. 2018 Audi is going to produce it’s first BEV SUV. Wait for that and we will see who is behind then.

      • Bob_Wallace

        You seem to keep up with German manufacturers.

        What’s Audi’s track record been for producing electrics? I seem to remember someone talking about Audi and vaporware but I don’t have any facts to know if that claim had any element of truth.

        • Jenny Sommer

          I am trying to read anything on EVs, no matter which country.
          I don’t think they can afford Vapoware at that point.
          True, there is a joke about Audi in German. Their motto is “Vorsprung duch Technik”…now “Vorsprung durch Ankündigung”.
          (Lead by technology/announcement).

          They say they have decided on the chemistry, production will start in Belgium 2018 though some Audi board members have expressed concerns about moving this part of production out of Germany.
          A1 production is moved to Spain. The Belgian plant has a capacity of 120k cars but they will also assemble batteries there.
          I know people from Porsche (and BMW). What they tell me doesn’t look like they are behind 8 years.
          My guess is that the real problem is a false perception of what they need to produce and what German buyers demand. Even the Audi won’t charge in 10min and delivere 500km@180kmh so people will either accept that or still buy big Hybrids.
          China looks much like Germany in this regard. Hybrids are good enough, charging isn’t really available and current EVs don’t offer the passenger luxury they are looking for anyways.
          Let’s see how the German charging network develops till 2018. The 1mio EVs in Germany by 2020 is out if reach if you ask me…

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