The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) conducted its free agent races, the Grand Challenge and the Urban Challenge, in 2005 and 2007, but Volkswagen is still researching the technology. A accumulated accomplishment with Volkswagen's Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL), Stanford University's Dynamics Design Lab (SDDL), and Sun Microsystem's resulted in the free Audi TTS. The accumulation alive on the car is because a run up the 12.4-mile Pikes Peak Hill Climb advance in 2010 to authenticate the capabilities of its driverless technology.
This new apprentice car is based on a 2009 Audi TTS, the action adaptation of the TT coupe. This car has Quattro all-wheel-drive and is motivated by a turbocharged, absolute injection, 2-liter, four-cylinder agent bearing 265 application and 258 pound-feet of torque. ERL adapted this car with the sensors, servos, and drive-by-wire accessories all-important for computer control, while SDDL developed the programming so the car can acknowledge appropriately to sensor data. Sun congenital the computer belvedere to run the car.