Anytime you’re stopping on a red light and you see an Audi TTS beside you with no driver in sight, then consider yourself one of the lucky few to have seen the robotic Audi TTS that was developed by a group of scientists from Stanford University.

We all know that Stanford has had a long history of producing robotic cars but their latest pet project is far and away the most ambitious undertaking they’ve ever done. To be clear, the robotic Audi TTS is far more than just your run-off-the-mill robot vehicle – if you can even get away saying something like that. The folks from Stanford who created the technological marvel have plans on entering their autonomous ride to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, a rigorous twenty-kilometer race for a car-driven driver, let alone a driverless vehicle. Ambitious as the challenge may be, the robotic Audi TTS clearly has something going for it, not the least of which is posting an ‘unofficial’ speed record for an autonomous car after posting speeds in excess of 130 mph.

We all keep talking about the future of vehicles, but advancements regarding automated driving have never reached this stage so you can bet your bottom dollar that this will not be the last time we hear from those folks from Stanford.


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  (571) posted on 02.25.2010

It wouldn’t be a long time from now when robots will be driving for us and races will be done on behind a screen or something. Well, convenient and safe but the one important thing is taken away with this kind of things that is the ability of a human to completely see things and use human judgment for the situation... and of course the thrill of driving.

  (344) posted on 01.7.2010

I’m too anxious to see what’s next on this one if this car succeeds on their goal to race it on that memorable place for Audi where they have a legacy on winning on that race. Well this is also a great legacy for Audi TTS to see if they are capable on pulling this one off.

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