Technologies for piloted driving at over 120 mph

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Piloted driving on the racing track: testing the physical limits with AKKA Digital and the Audi RS7


Since 2011, GIGATRONIK – today AKKA Digital – has accompanied highly ambitious projects in piloted driving and parking as a development partner. AKKA Digital engineers’ expertise encompasses numerous technologies - the configuration of the hardware, the programming of the software and the development of the human-machine-interfaces (HMI). Thus a unique service portfolio is fashioned, one that has even led Audi to technical milestones since 2011. This includes the Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept which has autonomously mastered different racing tracks in Germany, USA and Spain at speeds of more than 120 mph. AKKA Digital has, amongst other things, developed a logitudinal dynamics controller for the Audi RS 7 which takes the car to the desired speed and which adjusts even the smallest deviation in the tyres, brakes or road profile. During the demonstration, the vehicle behaviour was additionally monitored in real time to provide the trade press and other VIPs an impressive and safe driving experience. The AKKA Digital engineers were always a part of the project team, and at times busy for weeks at the racing tracks.

Project Content

  • Piloted driving at high speed on the racing track in front of the trade press from all over the world
  • Development of a longitudinal and lateral control algorithm for optimal driving behaviour
  • Execution of numerous tests to the physical limit
  • Monitoring the vehicle behaviour in real time

Project Steps

Support from engineers throughout the whole developmental process

Virtual modelling of the project prior to implementation for the efficient examination of technical feasibility

Participation in test drives and expert support during international demonstration events


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