Will Audi’s Self-Driving Car Survive the 550 Miles to CES 2015?

January 5, 2015

9:00 pm

Last year at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Audi debuted one of the hottest connected car features at the show: automatic parking features. Today, Audi one-upped themselves big time by unleashing a fully functional, autonomous car on a journey to self-drive from San Francisco to Las Vegas for CES 2015.

As reported by CNET, Audi’s self-driving car didn’t quite pass the test last year and a driver had to take manual control of the vehicle. Since 2014, they’ve had about one calendar year to pin point the errors and correct them.

The car, Audi’s A7 fitted with the Piloted Driving technology, will fulfill a 550 mile road trip assuming every aspect of the autonomous vehicle performs to expectation. The team has nicknamed the car ‘Jack’, and they made it a mission to note that the sensors on the vehicle are currently production ready.

Jack is built with a long-range forwarding radar, two rear-facing sensors, two side-facing sensors, and a 3D camera that works in unison with four smaller cameras. The folks at Audi also put a LIDAR behind the grille to serve as a redundant sensor to help the radar with object detection.

You can follow Jack’s progress on his way to CES 2015 by following @Audi and the #DrivingNotDriving Hashtag on Twitter. We’ll also keep you posted on the progress and any roadblocks (no pun intended) that may arise.


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Will is a Senior Writer with Tech.Co, based out of America's Finest City: San Diego. He covers all territory West of the Mississippi river, digging deep for awesome local entrepreneurs, companies, and ideas. He's the resident Android junkie and will be happy to tell you why you should switch to the OS. When he's off the clock, Will focuses his literary talent on the art of creative writing...or you might find him surfing in Ocean Beach. Follow Will on Twitter @WJS1988

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