Self-driving cars are seemingly all the rage in Vegas this week.
After watching the autonomous A7 drive itself from San Fran to Las Vegas, Audi has unveiled yet another self-driving concept at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show. Dubbed the Prologue Piloted Driving Concept, the car is based off the original Prologue that debuted in LA last year but comes packing an autonomous driving system. Using a combination of video cameras, radar sensors, a laser scanner and ultrasound sensors, the information gathered is fed into a central controller known as a zFAS, enabling the model to drive itself.
(For those that care, zFAS is shorthand for ‘zentrales Fahrerassistenzsteuergerat,’ which translates to central driver assistance controller). Power comes from a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 mated to an eight-speed transmission with integrated electric motor and lithium-ion battery. The hybrid setup enables the car to generate 677 hp and 701 lb-ft of torque. 0-62 mph comes in at 3.5 seconds, while the car returns almost 30 mpg.