Audi Piloted Driving | Rochester Audi in Rochester, MN


The automotive world is quickly moving towards a time when drivers won’t even be necessary for driving. According to economists, policymakers and auto executives, driverless cars will cut emissions and provide a drastic improvement to transportation safety.


This technology isn’t that far into the future anymore. It is expected that within the next several years, can owners will have the ability to turn over the driving responsibilities to an internal pilot. Digital technology advances that are being perfected and put into use by Audi and other automakers, as well as Google, are pioneering the way into the piloted driving age.


It is believed that problems with this system of driving won’t come from the technological limitations, “but rather from legal, political, infrastructure, regulatory and liability factors that all need to be addressed,” according to a press release from Audi.


As a leader in this new industry of “piloted driving,” Audi has developed a philosophy and strategy for autonomous driving.The phrase “piloted driving” reflects Audi’s approach; the technology gives an Audi driver a “pilot” to assist in getting to a desired destination, but the system doesn’t completely give up a driver’s ability to experience the joy that comes from driving an Audi.


Much of the Audi ownership experience revolves around the way it feels to sit behind the wheel of such a well-made and expertly-crafted car and Audi doesn’t want to give up that pleasure for the convenience of having a car that drives itself.


One way Audi makes piloted driving a relationship between the car and its driver is with a features that Audi calls “congestion pilot.” When in traffic, this feature takes over the task of accelerating, braking and steering the vehicle at speeds up to 37 miles per hour. When the traffic jam has cleared, the driver is prompted to take back control of the car. No more of the tedious driving that comes when sitting in stop and go traffic.


Audi has already demonstrated the capabilities of this technology, most notably at the Grand Prix racetrack in Hockenheim, Germany. The RS 7 (the same car as in the photo above) piloted driving concept car completed a lap on the track in just slightly over two minutes at racing speed without a driver.


Audi has been using cutting-edge technology to make driving safer for its drivers for quite some time. Features such as forward-collision warning, lane-change assist and park assist are already available on Audi models.


Learn more about the safety of the 2016 Audi Q5 SUV here.
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