Audi's self-aware concept car offers new driving experience
The concept of a car that drives itself has been in the news recently, causing many mixed feelings. Many drivers do not want to hand over complete control of their vehicles and German car maker Audi has come up with a way of combining the sheer joy of getting behind a steering wheel with being able to hand over control to the machine for it to control the boring bits. At a recent event at the Ascari racetrack in Spain, Audi revealed 'Bobby' - the RS7 prototype concept vehicle. The company claims that Bobby is the next stage in the driving experience.
The beauty of Bobby is that it can monitor the environment and surroundings it passes through and can provide assistance to the driver ranging from simple functions such as automatic braking to complete control.
The German company has stressed that the technology it has developed is not geared towards developing a completely self-driving vehicle. Audi spokesman Thomas Müller said: "We believe that cars are continuously learning to see, to communicate, and to take decisions, by itself. Alongside electrification and connectivity, this is one of the three main drivers for the future of the automotive industry."
Audi sees the role of the self-driving car of the future as in no way taking away the pleasure of driving; instead, it will give the motorist the option to relinquish control in situations such as traffic jams, which will enable the driver to utilise his or her time more effectively.