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    Autonomous Audi RS7 to Drive Hockenheim Ring

    Later this month, a 560 HP all-wheel drive Audi RS7 will take to the famous Hockenheim Ring Formula 1 track and try to set a lap record. Car companies hiring a star driver and renting out a storied racetrack to try to claim some kind of unofficial “record” for their latest go-fast (or go-really, really slow) model is hardly new, however- but it’s the driver that will make the difference this time. That’s because there won’t be a driver.

    Audi is using the publicity stunt to demonstrate that its 2015 Audi RS7- equipped with the new Piloted Driving autonomous control system- is able to lap the demanding circuit “approximately as fast as with a professional race car driver at the wheel” on its own. If they pull it off, the move would put the system up there alongside the people who are (supposed to be) the best drivers in the world, and be a potentially deadly blow to any competency-based arguments from autonomous vehicle detractors.

    In practice, it looks like the Audi has the stuff, too.

    “The (autonomous Audi RS7) has demonstrated the ability to lap the Grand Prix circuit in just over two minutes, while reaching a top speed of 149 MPH” reports Motor Authority, quoting an Audi representative. That’s- yeah, that’s pretty fast, even for a 560 HP almost-supercar like the RS7. As such, regardless of how the test goes, it should be a terrific show for race and technology fans. See you Oct. 19-ish!

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    Sounds like fun, but I'd like to see it against a racing driver in an identical car.

    Too easy to beat I would imagine.

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    Racing would be a whole new level of technical challenge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necron99 View Post
    Racing would be a whole new level of technical challenge.
    Bollocks, any half decent driver would just shunt the fucker off on the first corner.


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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Necron99 View Post
    Racing would be a whole new level of technical challenge.
    Bollocks, any half decent driver would just shunt the fucker off on the first corner.


    Which is why.................
    Racing would be a whole new level of technical challenge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necron99 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Necron99 View Post
    Racing would be a whole new level of technical challenge.
    Bollocks, any half decent driver would just shunt the fucker off on the first corner.


    Which is why.................
    Racing would be a whole new level of technical challenge.
    What's technical about that?

    Drivers have been "defending their line" since time immemorial.


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    Have you been drinking?

    Programming an Ai that can not only drive but can race would be the challenge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necron99 View Post
    Have you been drinking?

    Programming an Ai that can not only drive but can race would be the challenge.
    Seriously? You want to watch cars race each other?

    They wouldn't be able to get out after a shunt and have a barney.

    What's the point?


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    ^ Maybe have robots drive the cars. Then after a crash, they can get out and start pulling the arms and legs off each other.

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    ^^ Anyway, Nelson was a bit of a twat there. Why punch someone who is wearing a helmet in the head? What good is that going to do? A swift quick in the bollocks is what is called for.

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    Sort of like that movie Real Steel then.

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    Driverless cars are here.
    They already have a robot rally race.
    It will be a thing. sooner or later

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