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The New A8: Audi’s Addition to the Autonomous Car Market

The next generation Audi A8 is ready to become the first fully autonomous car when it becomes available to the public in 2017 – and the technology will be carried down into the new A7, A6 and Q8 when they are released later on. The fully autonomous function, revealed to be referred to as Traffic Jam Assist, will operate at up to 60km/h (about 37mph) in congested highway traffic and – unlike any system available today – fully control the car without the necessity for input or monitoring from the driver.

In addition to this, a separate Park Assist function will be included and will park the car automatically even when the driver is out of the car, as long as he controls it through an app on his smartphone. Several car manufacturers offer similar features – BMW provides a remote-parking feature in non-U.S. 7-series, and Tesla just added the ability to its vehicles, including in America. The new A8 will follow the lead of the present A6, A7, and A8 by allowing drivers to take their hands off the wheel at highway speeds for extended periods of time before warning them to retake control.

Advanced Features

The next Audi A8 will feature more aluminium in its production compared to its previous releases, as well as parts made out of magnesium and carbonfibre. Nonetheless, it is still likely that it will have some additional kilos thanks to the autonomous technology and a proposed hybrid powertrain. The new 2017 Audi A8 is said to be shown this summer, with sales beginning by the autumn. The German brand’s flagship A8 saloon is well known for its lightweight built – but engineers recognize that giving in to customer demands is likely to bring about a small gain in kerbweight for the new version. The car’s bare metal construction is approximately 50kg heavier than the structure of the A8 now.

The soon to be released Audi A8 will also have the Traffic Jam Pilot, which makes use of a central driver assistance controller, or zFAS, with NVIDIA hardware and software. This system will provide drivers with the decision to turn over steering, throttle, and braking functionality to the vehicle at speeds of up to 35 mph when particular conditions are fulfilled, according to Audi. At the essence of the software are deep neural networks specifically meant for autonomous driving and identification of changing traffic control signals. The car first developed limited familiarity with the road and environment with a human driver behind the wheel, by means observation and the inclusions of training cameras – this produced a correlation between the driver’s reactions and what the cameras themselves observed.