The New Self-Driving Audi is Even Better Than the Last One
Developing an autonomous car in itself is an impressive feat. Develop a second autonomous car that’s even better and faster than the one it replaces—well that’s just damn amazing. And that’s exactly what Audi engineers did. Meet “Robby,” Audi’s second self-driving RS 7. And while we’re not to keen on giving robots people names (have you seen I, Robot?), Robby is a really impressive machine. RELATED: Audi's New Autonomous RS 7 Sports An Awesome Livery
Taking on California’s Sonoma Raceway, Robby was able to turn a lap in just 2:01.1 seconds. According to development engineer Thomas Muller, those lap times “were better than those of sportscar drivers.” Better than its older brother Bobby, too.
At 881 pounds (400 kg) lighter and with the same 560 horsepower, Robby is an even more advanced autonomous vehicle. Using GPS signals to maneuver the track, Robby’s light weight proved even more beneficial than the heavier Bobby. It may not sound like a massive leap in technology, but it's another step forward in autonomous advancement.
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Right now, both Bobby and Robby are just track prototypes that will likely never see a residential street. But Audi is testing autonomous cars on the road, and with these impressive lap times, it should help bring an autonomous car to a dealership near you...in a few years.
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