Audi just unveiled its new self-driving R8 e-tron concept car at the CES Asia show in Shanghai, China. The R8 e-tron piloted driving concept is based on the fully electric 2017 R8 e-tron, but features a host of scanners, cameras and sensors to allow it to fully drive on its own. Audi says that the piloted driving technology will be available to customers within the next two years.
The R8 e-tron piloted driving concept is powered by the same electric powertrain as the production R8 e-tron, which means that it packs an impressive 455 horsepower and can reach 62 mph from a stop in 3.9 seconds. It has also has a top speed of 155 mph and can travel up to 279 miles between charges. Thanks to a new on-board Combined Charging System, the R8 e-tron piloted driving concept can be fully recharged in less than two hours.
Beyond the electric powertrain, the R8 e-tron piloted driving concept uses a new laser scanner, several video cameras, ultrasonic sensors and radar sensors to scan the surrounding environment. Audi hasn’t announced which models will get the new self-driving technology, but the R8 e-tron is definitely on the list.
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