Audi has unveiled what could be the fastest self-driving car yet to be built and Audi says the concept vehicle will act as a ‘high-tech mobile laboratory’ for testing its technologies.
It boasts two electric motors, can go 0 to 60mph in under four seconds and can reach a top speed of 155mph (250km/h) – and it can drive itself. The vehicle uses laser scanners, video cameras, radar and ultrasonic sensors to build up a detailed picture of its surroundings allowing it to navigate through traffic.
While not the only company working on self driving cars, it seems Audi is attempting to build one of the fastest. The company claims its concept vehicle has two battery-powered motors that deliver 456 horse power, allowing it to travel from 0 to 62mph (0 to 100km/h) in just 3.9 seconds.
The name, shape and colour of the R8 e-tron were inspired 1982 science fiction film Tron, by Steven Lisberger. A sequel called Tron: Legacy was released in 2010.
A statement released by the company said: ‘The R8 e-tron piloted driving technical study is equipped with all of the functions of piloted driving.Data is acquired from the interplay of an array of sensors: a new type of laser scanner, several video cameras, ultrasonic sensors and radar sensors at the front and rear.
‘Based on signals from these sources, the central driver assistance control unit (zFAS), a compact central computer, computes a comprehensive picture of the vehicle’s environment.’ Audi also said it has used T-shaped batteries to help maximise the space inside the car and lower the centre of gravity.
The rear of the car is made of carbon fibre reinforced polymer and the luggage compartment walls are corrugated to absorb ‘extreme amounts of energy’ in case of a rear-end collision.
Source: Daily Mail