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Stanford University Autonomous Audi TTS – Click above for high-res image gallery

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]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      One day, in the distant future, I'll tell my kids:
      In my day, we had to drive our cars, by hand, up Pikes Peak, both ways. You kids have it so easy now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      video or it didn't happen
      • 4 Years Ago
      this was in reply to the guy that said Standford is full of pussies....
      his comment got deleted...but they forgot mine lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      I remember on Top Gear where that BMW 3 series with no driver lapped the test track. That was quite amazing to watch as it was just not driving the track thru fast, but properly fast.
      Though if i remember it wasn't truly autonomous.

      • 4 Years Ago
      lol i noticed that!
      they are...except I am a huge college football fan, sooo I dislike standford...apparently i am not allowed to say so.
      • 4 Years Ago
      if the us military made a slight correction in the GPS signal it could be expensive : )
      • 4 Years Ago
      Quite an accomplishment. I will however never buy an autonomous car if they are available in my lifetime.
        Free Mind
        • 3 Years Ago
        It could even go down to the shop to pick up your new bed, but the best would be the parking, it would just drop you at door/shop then park itself.
        • 4 Years Ago
        why would you be opposed to a car that could take you home when you are drunk or one that could drive all night while you sleep
      • 4 Years Ago
      The driver made it... not the car.

      The Audi TT looks so dull and boring... well at least the one in the pic does.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree, it's the most boring TTS I've ever seen for some reason.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I estimate the first pedestrian death caused by an autonomous car will occur in 2013.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And i am guessing the human would be at fault.
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