Audi A8 has level 3 autonomy

Audi has fundamentally reengineered the A8 in its fourth generation. One of the top innovations is the Audi AI traffic jam pilot, which is not offered by any of the competitors. Audi AI traffic jam pilot takes charge of driving in slow-moving traffic at up to 60 km/h (37.3 mph) on freeways and highways where a physical barrier separates the two carriageways. It allows drivers to stop monitoring the vehicle under this condition.

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The system is activated using the AI button on the center console. The traffic jam pilot manages starting, accelerating, steering, and braking. During piloted driving, a central driver assistance controller (zFAS) permanently computes an image of the surroundings by merging the data from the sensors like radar, front camera, ultrasonics and laser scanning. But as soon as the system reaches its limits, it calls on the driver to take back control of the task of driving.

The A8 also has AI-based remote parking for both surface spaces and garages. The system doest not require a driver to be seated in the car and all of that is controlled via a mobile app for the driver’s smartphone.

Level 3 autonomy is considered risky so many automakers like Ford have decided to skip Level 3 entirely and head straight to Level 4, where the vehicle assumes full control of all driving operations. It is thus being seen as a bold step by Audi. As a range of approval procedures is required and their corresponding timescales also needs to be observed worldwide. Audi will, therefore, be adopting a step-by-step approach to the introduction of the traffic jam pilot in production models.

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