Audi puts self-driving car on diet to persuade politicians

Audi has revamped its self-driving car, trimming the fat on the autonomous RS 7 racer as it continues to court politicians in the US. The newest model, dubbed Robby and decked out in a striking red and black color scheme, keeps the autonomous hardware – which Audi refers to as “piloted driving” – of its predecessors, but goes on a serious diet to improve performance. In fact, the company says, it has trimmed 882 pounds from the self-driving prototype.

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