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Audi showcases Q7 e-tron PHEV, piloted driving at Berlinale

Audi is deploying some 300 vehicles at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), roughly 100 of which are equipped with hybrid drivetrains. The stars of this year’s Berlinale will ride to the Berlinale Palast in the new Audi Q7 e-tron quattro. (Earlier post.)

Audi marked another technical milestone at the Berlinale with a driverless VIP shuttle: a piloted Audi A8 L W12. The technology platform used distinctive buildings for orientation and compared the information against a precise map. Combined with the data from the computation of its own motion, the piloted Audi A8 chauffeured the passengers safely to the red carpet.

We are developing and testing our technologies for piloted driving under all conditions. We have already proven that we can have piloted cars drive safely on a race track and on the expressway. At the Berlinale, we have now mastered a complex urban traffic situation with maximum ease.

—Dr. Ing. Stefan Knirsch, Audi Board Member for Technical Development

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The aim was to make the grand entrance to the red carpet similar to the way an experienced chauffeur would drive—a very gentle and smooth approach and braking as well as a stop right at the curb.

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