Look ma, no driver. It's the Audi A7 Traffic Jam Pilot prototype that will hit the streets of California after the state put into place a range of new regulations that govern the testing of automated driving. Audi will be the first company to receive a newly established autonomous driving permit issued by California. Audi has conducted research over tens of thousands of miles in Europe. Audi was the first automotive OEM to receive one of the red autonomous vehicle license plates issues by the State of Nevada and also the first automaker to demonstrate the capability of its automated driving technologies on a Tampa expressway designated as an autonomous and connected car test bed.
Audi, its Electronics Research Lab and Stanford University engineers collaborated on the development of the Autonomous Audi TTS Pikes Peak car, which successfully completed the challenging 12.42-mile route of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race in Colorado in 27 minutes without a human in the car. The research is aimed at preparing a highly automated Piloted driving system for freeway traffic conditions that Audi envisions could be ready for consumer introduction within five years.