10 January 2013 19:15 | By Richard Yarrow
CES 2013: Car technology of tomorrow

Audi's piloted driving technology



Audi’s piloted driving technology (© Richard Yarrow)
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Audi'€™s piloted driving technology

Audi was one of only eight car makers with its own stand at CES€“ up from five last year -€“ and used the event to unveil '€˜piloted driving'€™. In short, a suitably equipped vehicle will drive itself up to 60km/h (37mph) without any inputs from the person behind the wheel. That means hands and feet doing nothing.

In addition, the system will allow the user to get out of the car and park it remotely using the keyfob or even a smartphone app. When it'€™s done, the technology cuts the engine, deactivates the ignition, locks the doors and sends a confirmation message to the driver.

Audi also revealed it'€™s been granted a licence by the Nevada authorities to use driverless cars on local roads in a quest to develop more autonomous driving systems. It becomes the second company to gain permission, after Google was first last year.

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