Firm ready to tackle the Pikes Peak hillclimb with an autonomous TT in September

Audi's autonomous TTS rally car is set to take part in a high-speed run up the Pikes Peak hillclimb in September.

The firm has redesigned the car to include the recent changes to the standard TT range, while it has also been given a livery to resemble the 1987 Audi S1 quattro rally car.

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The Pikes Peak Autonomous Audi TTS is based on a stock TTS with DSG transmission, but has two computers in the boot - one working on vehicle dynamics, the other on safety data - instead of a driver.

A GPS system is also used to keep the car on course, with a margin of error of under two centimetres.

The project has been named Shelley after Michele "Shelley" Mouton, the most successful female rally driver of all time. She won Pikes Peak behind the wheel of the Audi Sport Quattro in 1985, the first woman to win the event.

Shelley has been developed by Volkswagen's Electronics Research Lab, Stamford University and Sun Microsystems.

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30 June 2010

What would be really interesting would be to have a mechanically-identical TTS with a human driver to compare how fast the autonomous car can really go.

On its own it is very interesting, but without a reference point to really understand how the autonomous car compares to the normal one.

30 June 2010

I remember back in the early 90's the Williams team reckoned if they had a good GPS system in the car, they could have made the FW14 go round the track by itself as fast as the average F1 driver. Then all the active tech was banned, so they stopped thinking about it.

30 June 2010

I suppose in theory the automated car should be a good bit quicker, it has no fear and no misjudgement, it can calculate (or has been calculated for it and programmed in) how fast the vehicle can handle each bend and the correct line to take.

What i wonder about though is how it can adjust for things like hitting a bump mid-corner, or there being an unexpected loose patch on the road and things like that.

30 June 2010

What a hoot that would be!, if vould not turn sei corner because it didn't see it, an American cloud consealed it, it vas not our fault, yah?

Peter Cavellini.

1 July 2010

I hope Autocar keep us up to date on this one.... Even better would be video footage.

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