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Audi receives first autonomous driving permit issued by the state of California

Audi will be the first company to receive a newly established autonomous driving permit issued by the state of California. A range of new regulations that govern the testing of automated driving on the state’s roads took effect last week.

Audi has conducted research over tens of thousands of miles in Europe and various US states, where such testing is permitted. The research is aimed at preparing a highly automated piloted driving system for freeway traffic conditions. Audi envisions this technology could be ready for consumer introduction within five years.

California roads are especially crucial to Audi Piloted driving testing because the state is home to the brand’s Electronics Research Lab. ERL engineers are working on a wide range of automated driving issues, including human-machine interface prompts that indicate when the human or the vehicle are handling driving functions.

Audi and ERL researchers have been involved in the pursuit of automated driving from its earliest stages. Audi, ERL and Stanford University engineers collaborated on the development of the Autonomous Audi TTS Pikes Peak car, which successfully completed the challenging 20km route of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race in Colorado in 27 minutes without a human in the car.

“Audi is a driving force behind the research taking automated driving from science fiction to pre-production readiness,” says Scott Keogh, president, Audi of America. “Obtaining the first permit issued by the state of California shows that we intend to remain the leader in this vital technology frontier.”

California has allowed limited use of its roads for automated vehicle testing in past years. But the state legislature, led by Senator Alex Padilla, passed legislation that Governor Jerry Brown signed in 2012 to establish new guidelines for testing and eventually consumer use of technologies, such as Audi Piloted driving.

The recently enacted regulations include proof of insurance or surety bonds for manufacturers testing automated driving research cars, and permits for company-designated operators of those vehicles.

“California has shown time and time again that it is a global technological leader and today marks the beginning of a new era for the auto industry,” says Padilla. “Driverless vehicle technology has the potential to revolutionize driving, reduce traffic accidents and save lives. I applaud the efforts of Audi of America and others whose commitment is making this technology a reality,”

24 September 2014


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