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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.
Moreover, a separate Park Assist function will be available and will park the vehicle automatically even with the driver not inside the car, as long as he controls it using an app on his smartphone. A few car manufacturers offer comparable capabilities – BMW provides a remote-parking function in non-U.S. 7-series, and Tesla just added the ability to its cars, including in America. The soon-to-be-released A8 will follow the lead of the current A6, A7, and A8 by permitting drivers to take their hands off the wheel at highway speeds for longer periods of time before apprising them to retake control.
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 reported to be launched 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 around 50kg heavier than the structure of the A8 today.
The soon to be launched Audi A8 will also include the Traffic Jam Pilot, which employs a central driver assistance controller, or zFAS, with NVIDIA hardware and software. This system will give drivers the choice to turn over steering, throttle, and braking functionality to the vehicle at speeds of up to 35 mph when specific conditions are satisfied, Audi officials have disclosed. At the center of the software are deep neural networks specifically designed for autonomous driving and determination of changing traffic control signs. 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.