HERNDON, Va., – Audi is saddened by the helicopter incident that took place this morning near the summit of Pikes Peak. Todays film crew was shooting a test run of the Autonomous Audi TTS Pikes Peak, a joint program involving Audi, the Electronic Research Laboratory in Palo Alto, California, and Stanford University. The goal of the project involves ascending Pikes Peak autonomously without a driver behind the wheel to demonstrate the capabilities of advanced driver assistance systems and GPS. The car was not involved in the incident.
Further information on the helicopter incident will be released by the National Transportation Safety Board and local law enforcement officials. All research activities on Pikes Peak have been suspended. The research project will continue at a later date.