2010 Audi Pikes Peak TTS Autonomous Vehicle (Video) review and pictures

Posted on Wednesday, 11 November 2009 , 13:11:48 byAngela

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Audi Pikes Peak TTS Autonomous Vehicle (Video)

The Audi Pikes Peak TTS also called the Shelley, after the most successful female rally driver to the date. Audi tried collaborating with Stanford trying to build an autonomous vehicle capable of completing the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in a reasonable time using driving techniques. The team from the Volkswagen Electronics Research Lab had the job of converting a vehicle to drive by wire, develop a safe architecture to ensure reliable autonomous drive with no safety driver. The Stanford Dynamics Design Lab developed robust control algorithms to enable the car to drive at the limits of handling on different surfaces. The model we are talking about and he one the teams worked on is a 2009 Audi TTS powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 DOHC. All the output is being sent to the wheels through a 6-speed S-Tronic automatic transmission. The fuel consumption in the city is 21 mpg, on the highway, 29 mpg and combined, 24 mpg. The engine is capable of developing 265 horsepower and 258 lb. ft. of torque. This output enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and to reach a top speed of 155 mph. in terms of safety, the Pikes Peak TTS has a Solaris based system running a Java RTS system monitor that can perform a vehicle shutdown if it determines conditions have become unsafe. The vehicle includes a telemetry system that can transmit all vehicle parameters to a receiving station up to 20 miles away which can also shut down the vehicle or order the safety systems to engage and bring the car to a controlled stop. The new developed Piles Peak TTS uses an Applanix POS LV420 GPS and Inertial Measurement Unit to measure its position.