Audi is touting a new RS7 Concept model that is being tested as the world’s sportiest driving car – without a driver.

“We are pressing forward with one of the most important trends in the automotive world with our technical solutions for piloted driving,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member for Technical Development at AUDI AG. “The utter fascination of this development will be put on display at the DTM race in Hockenheim. A lap time of just over two minutes and lateral acceleration of up to 1.1 g speak for themselves.”

Audi, which has been behind driverless automated driving for quite some time now says that its 560-hp Audi RS7 piloted driving concept car is capable of hitting 189.5 miles an hour.

To show off the capabilities of the Audi RS7 piloted driving concept car, Audi will head to the Hockenheimring track where the car is expected to hit top speeds of 149 mph and expected to return a lap time of 2 minutes and 10 seconds.

The next stage will be to set it lose on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, all 154 turns and 13 miles of it.

If authorities open the door to self-driving features, “the first systems for piloted driving could come to market in a few years,” Audi development chief Ulrich Hackenberg said at a presentation event for the brand’s autonomous-driving technology.

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