Audi has confirmed it will enter next year's infamous American Pikes Peak Hill Climb event with a 'driverless' TT Quattro.
The car, which won't be eligible for honours on the event, is being run as a showcase for technology that Audi hopes to use on its production cars in the future.
It says the guidance systems the car employs could be used in adverse conditions where a driver may be distracted or make a wrong decision. But Audi has also stressed that its system is not designed to take over from the driver.
The car operates via Java real-time receiving programming, which updates via telemetry within a range of 20 miles.
Ultimately, it is envisioned that aerial towers will be able to send and receive signals to cars equipped with the technology in a manner similar to today's cellular mobile telephone aerials.
Dr Huhnke, executive director of Volkswagen Electronics Research Laboratory, said, "We believe that developing a car that can perform as well and respond as rapidly as a 'professional' driver, like a race or rally driver, will eventually be able to drive its way around incidents in a way that a 'normal' driver couldn't."
The Pikes Peak Hill Climb takes place next June.