Germany's Minister of Transport, Alexander Dobrindt, has taken a test drive in an Audi A7 piloted driving concept.
Dubbed "Jack," the prototype functioned flawlessly as it drove the Minister on a special section of the Autobahn A9 which will serve as a "test bed for the networked automobile of the future."
Following the demonstration, Dobrindt remarked "Digital technology can assume tasks from the driver and provide enhanced safety and convenience. The long term goal is completely networked roads. Traffic jams and environmental pollution will be reduced, traffic safety increased and the infrastructure used to optimum capacity." He went on to say "Our automotive industry has the most attractive products in the world. Our goal must be to remain a world leader, including for automated driving."
While Audi is still putting the finishing touches on their piloted driving system - which will enable the car to drive itself in traffic jams at speeds between 0-65 km/h (0-40.4 mph) - they reiterated the system will be offered on the next-generation A8 starting in early 2017.