With a vacant driver seat, the safest car steers its way to 120 mph

When luxury and technology team up to get behind the wheel, the result is somewhat of the character of a ‘robotic chauffeur’. Recently, a circuitous race track in California witnessed an Audi TTS being deftly handled through sharp nooks and curves solely by virtue of robotics.

The self driving car is dubbed as ‘Shelly’ which is a code name. Shelly recently clocked a top speed of 120 miles per hour and smoked the 3-mile long Thunderhill Raceway course under 2 and a half minutes!  Given that this lap time is slower than the best human drivers but tests have indicated that the slightly lower speed is owing to the high regard to safety. So what the car lacks in speed, makes up nicely for it in safety and protection. Algorithms guide the car as regards optimum braking, acceleration and steering. The result is very safe travel even on relatively higher speeds.

The car has been conceived via collaboration between Chris Gerdes’ Dynamic Design Lab at Stanford University and the Volkswagen Research Lab. The ultimate endeavour of the research is to produce cars which are self-directed requiring no human direction whilst on the move. So munch your favourite snacks with both hands or send at ease those texts which just can’t wait without worrying about the road activity. Other applications of this technology include aid on onboard co-pilot technology which is an indispensible assistance for drivers on icy roads. The team behind the car wishes to enhance the car’s performance to the extent of ‘cutting edge’. In order to accomplish this, they plan to install two professional drivers who will take out the AudiTTS for a spin on August 17th, 19th. These pros will have biological sensors and scalp electrodes clinging on to their bodies so as to show which gambits require maximum mental processing and activity. The biological data so collected will be integrated with the mechanical performance date of the car – a 1966 Ford GT40 which has been equipped with feedback sensors akin to those on the AudiTTS. Gerdes says that he along with his team wishes to explore the secrets which make great drivers so successful. If this is accomplished, a car’s potential can be maximized to deliver maximum performance and desirability.

Via: FutureOfTech

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