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Audi's self driving car leaves California for road trip to Las Vegas

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SILICON VALLEY, Calif. - Audi is embarking on its first long-distance test drive, without a driver. Piloted driving concept car, the Audi A7, is driving about 550 miles from Silicon Valley, California to Las Vegas, Nevada. 

The car is due to arrive in Las Vegas on Tuesday morning for the electronic and technology event, the International Consumer Electronics Show 2015, where Audi will present future technologies. 

The auto pilot system works up to a speed of 70 mph, and lets the car change lanes and speed ahead of other drivers. To navigate, the test car nicknamed "Jack" uses radar sensors in different positions of the car, two laser scanners, a 3D camera on its front, and four more cameras on the side. 

During the test drive, if everything goes as planned, Audi says the driver will hardly touch the wheel. A professional test driver is sitting in the passenger seat just in case.

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