Five years ago, Jack made his grand entrance. Starting in the heart of Silicon Valley, he traveled 550 miles, mostly along two interstates, before arriving in Las Vegas, where he commanded attention at the annual Consumer Electronics Show.
An uneventful journey. An indelible imprint.
"Jack" was Audi's affectionate name for its autonomous A7 Sportback prototype, one designed to showcase a fledgling technology designed to handle the driving task along long stretches of highway.
His arrival at the show now known as CES would start a new chapter, one that transformed the long-running innovation showcase into a must-attend event for automakers, suppliers and AV-related startups.