Remember those cute little driverless cars that Google has been working on? Audi had the same idea, only it's a whole lot sexier.
Audi is here to prove that you don't have to give it a friendly face to make it safe for the road. The time of the driverless car is upon us, and it can be a whole lot better-looking than Google's round little cloud cars.
But that doesn't mean Audi's designs are any less safe. In an announcement for CES 2015, Audi's new A7 Sportback is set to drive from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas, a 550-mile trip.
Don't worry, even though Audi's Sportback has set some amazing new records, we're not ready to have a vehicle run rampant on the highways and byways just yet. There will be a driver co-pilot with the Audi show car for additional piloting when it enters urban areas, but for the most part this incredible vehicle will be making the trip on its own.
The Audi A7 Sportback is capable of operating in real-world traffic and conditions. It can speed up to overtake other vehicles, change lanes, and accelerate and brake independent of a driver.
If the car reaches speeds over 70 mph, it will signal the driver to take over. If the driver doesn't take over in time, it will stop and display hazard lights until the driver is able to respond.
How does this amazing car do it? Besides the hundreds of thousands of man hours poured into research and development, the A7 Sportback is equipped with cameras, radar and other equipment to have a 360-degree view at all times. Audi hasn't revealed its secrets just yet, but the company plans on releasing driverless cars to the public by 2016.
Check out the incredible technology of the Audi A7 Sportback below. I feel a lot safer that this car is on the road after watching it perform on a racetrack!