Audi is showing what self-driving luxury looks like. The new Audi A8 has many self-driving features and advanced driving assistance featuures, while the company is inviting “drivers” to test drive the self-driving Audi A7, “Jack” on the A9. One could say that Audi gets all “A’s” for autonomous, artificial intelligence, AI, assistance, “adaptable” suspension and ambient lighting.
The new Audi A8 fourth generation, flagship model is a new design with an innovative touchscreen operating concept and a systematically electrified drive. Audi also claims that the Audi A8 is also the first production automobile developed especially for highly automated driving., Audi plans to increased self driving including parking pilot, garage pilot and traffic jam pilot into production, starting in 2018.
Intelligent Conversations Audi 8 & Control at Fingertips
The news center stack does away with the familiar rotary pushbutton and touchpad of the predecessor model. The instrument panel is kept largely clear of buttons and switches. At its center is a 10.1-inch touchscreen display which, when off, blends almost invisibly into the high-gloss black surround thanks to its black-panel look.
The A8 can also engage in intelligent conversation. The driver can activate an array of functions in the automobile using a new, natural form of voice control. Information on destinations and media is either available on board or is delivered from the cloud at LTE speed. The extensive Audi connect range also includes traffic sign recognition and hazard information – innovative car-to-X services that draw on the swarm intelligence of the Audi fleet.
The extensively optimized navigation is another new feature: It is self-learning, based on the route just driven. This provides the driver with intelligent search suggestions. The map also incorporates highly detailed 3D models of major European cities.
Drives in Traffic Jams
The new A8 is the first production automobile to have been developed specially for highly automated driving. The 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. The system is activated using the AI button on the center console.
Remote Valet Parking
Luxury in the Back Seat
Self-Driving Audi A7 Hits the Road: “Jack” for Select Testers in Germany
Potential test drivers are found through social media sites run by Audi Germany. Audi Business Innovation GmbH so raffled places to users of its premium mobility service Audi on demand. Participants in the “Miles and More” program can also swap accumulated miles for a trip in “Jack.”
On the A9 the Audi A7 can drive at speeds up to 130 km/h (80.8 mph). It accelerates, brakes and changes lane predictively and smoothly while cooperating with other road users.
The experience from the test drives with “Jack” has been incorporated into the development of piloted driving. The central driver assistance controller (zFAS) uses signals from all the sensors to continuously generates a detailed image of the surroundings. The zFAS is fitted for the first time as standard in the new Audi A8.
If you would like to see what the Audi A8 looks like on the road, it made its debut in “Spider Man Homecoming”