The team at the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford University (aka CARS) is planning a top-speed record run, but they don't have a driver--and they don't need one. Or they don't need a human, anyway.
The computerized, autonomous Audi TTS, known as "Shelley," after famed female rally driver Michele Mouton, drives itself robotically. Shelley is being prepped for a full-on assault on Pikes Peak, but is also eying a record top speed run for an autonomous vehicle to be run at a dry lake bed in California.
Taking a run at the top-speed record for a driverless car will likely precede the Pikes Peak run, which is scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year.
[AP via YouTube]