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Audi’s New Car Will Be Autonomous

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, disclosed to be known as Traffic Jam Assist, will run at up to 60km/h (about 37mph) in congested highway traffic and – unlike any system available right now – fully control the car without the need for input or monitoring from the driver.

In addition to this, a separate Park Assist function will be included and will park the car automatically even when the driver is out of the car, as long as he controls it through an app on his smartphone. A number of car manufacturers offer similar capabilities – BMW offers a remote-parking function in non-U.S. 7-series, and Tesla just added the ability to its vehicles, 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 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 extremely famous for its lightweight construction – but engineers concede that giving in to customer demands is probably to result in a small gain in kerbweight for the new version. The car’s bare metal construction is roughly 50kg heavier than the structure of the current A8.

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 essence of the software are deep neural networks specifically meant for autonomous driving and identification of changing 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.