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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.

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.

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The next Audi A8 will employ more aluminium in its construction compared to the releases before, as well as components built from 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 publicized to be revealed this summer, with sales beginning in 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 new generation Audi A8 will also feature the Traffic Jam Pilot, which has a central driver assistance controller, or zFAS, with NVIDIA hardware and software. This system will offer drivers the choice to turn over steering, throttle, and braking processes to the vehicle at speeds of up to 35 mph when particular conditions are satisfied, as per to Audi. At the heart of the software are deep neural networks particularly intended for autonomous driving and recognition of variable traffic control signals. The car first learned limited familiarity with the course and location with a human driver behind the wheel, through observation and the inclusions of training cameras – this engendered a correlation between the driver’s reactions and what the cameras themselves observed.

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