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Autonomous Audi TTS successfully ascends Pikes Peak


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The autonomous Audi TTS built by Volkswagen Group Electronics Research Lab, Stanford University and Audi has taken an important first step toward its ultimate goal: participating in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The self-driving TTS officially completed a test run - all the way to the 14,110 foot summit - earlier this year, clocking a time of 27 minutes, which is pretty good considering that race officials typically expect a human driver to do it in around 17 minutes.

Audi says that the car used a combination of brand-new software, algorithms and hardware to tackle one of the world's most challenging hill climbs. The 12.42 mile course is a gauntlet of tarmac and loose gravel that snakes upward with a number of instant switchbacks. According to Audi, the autonomous TTS managed to hit a top speed of 47 mph during one stretch. Hit the jump for the full press release.



[source: Audi]

Autonomous Audi TTS successfully ascends Pikes Peak originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 20 Nov 2010 09:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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