Audi’s driverless supercar films passengers’ delight and terror

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The manufacturer built its Piloted Driving prototype into an RS7 model. Photo: Audi
Audi built its Piloted Driving prototype into an RS 7 model. Photo: Audi

Are you eagerly awaiting the arrival of the self-driving car so it can save you from the stress and possible injury caused by people who swerve around in the streets like maniacs? Or do you hate the idea of a driverless auto because it won’t let you weave around all those slow a-holes who won’t get out of your way?

Regardless of how you feel about vehicles that don’t need your help to manage your commute, they’re coming, and change is often scary. especially if the free-wheeling roadster in question is a superfast Audi RS 7. And if you’re wondering what you look like when you’re sitting in a hunk of metal traveling at over 135 miles per hour with no control over the steering or brakes, Audi has you covered.

The car manufacturer tapped designers Reed Kram and Clemens Weisshaar to install seven high-definition cameras in and around one of its two Piloted Driving racing concepts to see how passengers reacted to their rides, according to an article in Dezeen.

“Audi asked us to work on the human element of cars that can drive themselves,” Kram said. “There are many things that are exciting, but the idea we found fascinating was the thrill of it.”

The fastest film studio on the planet will take its show to racetracks all over the world to capture the delight, excitement and occasional pants-soiling terror of those who step inside of it.

“One person did actually try to turn [the car] off,” Kram said. “But for the most part, once everyone steps out of the car, it’s real happiness. And not because they’re happy they survived! Quite the opposite! They’re thrilled with the experience.”