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2017 Audi A8 Featuring Fully Autonomous Driving

  • Jul 19, 2016
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While Tesla has really pushed the game when it comes to autonomous driving, other manufacturers are quickly getting on with this technology. The next generation Audi A8 will be setting a new benchmark when it becomes the first fully autonomous car. Later, we can also expect to see this technology trickle down to other Audi models like the upcoming A7, A6, and Q8.

This fully autonomous feature is rumoured to be called Traffic Jam Assist. As the name suggests, this feature will operate at up to 60kmph to tackle traffic congestion. This is unlike anything we have witnessed before as it can fully control the car without any input or monitoring from the driver. Additionally, park assist function will also be a part of this technology which allows the car to park itself even when the driver is outside the vehicle. The park assist function could also be controlled via smartphone app.

[caption id="attachment_100919" align="alignnone" width="1024"]Difficult to point out changes on the rear area Spied Audi A8 from the rear[/caption]

It's believed that Audi has decided to take liability for any incidents when the car is in self-driving mode. However, the company's responsibility ends when the vehicle is semi-autonomous. The in-car display of the car is developed with the aviation experts so that the driver can clearly identify when the vehicle is operating fully autonomous on Traffic Jam Assist mode.

A camera housed inside the cabin will monitor the driver continuously and the car can pull off the road autonomously if necessary. As reported by a source, “The system can recognise health problems, try to alert the driver and - if they don’t respond - pull the car over and alert the emergency services.”
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